MAY 5//GOLD PRICE ROSE $6.60 TO $1875.40//SILVER ROSE 6 CENTS TO $22.44//PLATINUM FELL $5.60/PALLADIUM FELL $59.40//COMEX GOLD STANDING FOR MAY ROSE BY 100 OZ TO 7.5 TONNES//SILVER OZ ROSE BY 130,000 OZ TO 28.5 MILLION OZ//COVID UPDATES/MANDATES/VACCINE IMPACT//RUSSIA VS UKRAINE AND THE WEST// COMMODITY REPORT: FERTILIZER//EU SET FOR FURTHER RUSSIAN SANCTIONS BY HITTING SHIPS CARRYING RUSSIAN OIL AND THUS WILL BE UNINSURABLE//INFLATION RISES TO 70% IN TURKEY//SWAMP STORIES FOR YOU TONIGHT//

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GOLD;  $1875.40 up $6.60

SILVER: $22.44 up $.06

ACCESS MARKET: GOLD $1877.50

SILVER: $22.51

Bitcoin morning price:  $39,515 DOWN 333

Bitcoin: afternoon price: $35,612 DOWN 4236

Platinum price: closing down $5.69 to $985.45

Palladium price; closing down  at $2187.70

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comex notices: 1/1

EXCHANGE: COMEX
CONTRACT: MAY 2022 COMEX 100 GOLD FUTURES
SETTLEMENT: 1,867.000000000 USD
INTENT DATE: 05/04/2022 DELIVERY DATE: 05/06/2022
FIRM ORG FIRM NAME ISSUED STOPPED


661 C JP MORGAN 1
905 C ADM 1


TOTAL: 1 1
MONTH TO DATE: 1,484



NUMBER OF NOTICES FILED TODAY FOR  MAY CONTRACT 1  NOTICE(S) FOR 100 OZ  (0.00311  TONNES)

total notices so far:  1484 contracts for 148,400. oz (4.616 tonnes)

SILVER NOTICES: 

10 NOTICE(S) FILED 50,000   OZ/

total number of notices filed so far this month  2838  :  for 14,190,000  oz

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Russia is a major supplier of silver to London while Mexico supplies the COMEX

With the sanctions, London has no way to obtain silver other than compete with NY.

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GLD

WITH GOLD UP $6.60

WITH RESPECT TO GLD WITHDRAWALS:  (OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS):

GOLD IS “RETURNED” TO THE BANK OF ENGLAND WHEN CALLING IN THEIR LEASES: THE GOLD NEVER LEAVES THE BANK OF ENGLAND IN THE FIRST PLACE. THE BANK IS PROTECTING ITSELF IN CASE OF COMMERCIAL FAILURE

ALSO INVESTORS SWITCHING TO SPROTT PHYSICAL  (phys) INSTEAD OF THE FRAUDULENT GLD//

NO CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD:

INVENTORY RESTS AT 1089.04 TONNES

Silver//SLV

WITH NO SILVER AROUND AND SILVER up 6

 CENTS

AT THE SLV// A SMALL CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV://A WITHDRAWAL OF .9300 MILLION OZ INTO THE SLV/

INVESTORS ARE SWITCHING SLV TO SPROTT’S PSLV

CLOSING INVENTORY: 575.977 MILLION OZ

Let us have a look at the data for today

SILVER//OUTLINE


SILVER COMEX OI ROSE BY A HUGE SIZED  1800 CONTRACTS TO 139,492   AND CLOSER TO  THE NEW RECORD OF 244,710, SET FEB 25/2020 AND THE GAIN IN OI WAS ACCOMPLISHED DESPITE OUR  $0.23 LOSS  IN SILVER PRICING AT THE COMEX ON WEDNESDAY.  OUR BANKERS WERE SUCCESSFUL IN KNOCKING THE PRICE OF SILVER DOWN (IT FELL BY $0.23) BUT WERE UNSUCCESSFUL IN KNOCKING OUT SOME SILVER LONGS  AS  WE HAD A VERY STRONG GAIN OF 2670 CONTRACTS ON OUR TWO EXCHANGES.

WE  MUST HAVE HAD: 
I) HUGE BANKER SHORT COVERING AS THEY ARE VERY ANXIOUS TO GET OUT OF DODGE!!/. II)WE ALSO HAD  SOME  REDDIT RAPTOR BUYING//.   iii)  A STRONG ISSUANCE OF EXCHANGE FOR PHYSICALS iiii) A STRONG INITIAL SILVER STANDING FOR COMEX SILVER MEASURING AT 30.170 MILLION OZ FOLLOWED BY TODAY’S 130,000 OZ QUEUE JUMP //NEW STANDING 28.560 MILLION OZ/ //  V)    STRONG SIZED COMEX OI GAIN/

 I AM NOW RECORDING THE DIFFERENTIAL IN OI FROM PRELIMINARY TO FINAL: 


THE DIFFERENTIAL FROM PRELIMINARY OI TO FINAL OI SILVER TODAY: CONTRACTS  : -1686

HISTORICAL ACCUMULATION OF EXCHANGE FOR PHYSICALS  MAY. ACCUMULATION FOR EFP’S SILVER/JPMORGAN’S HOUSE OF BRIBES/STARTING FROM FIRST DAY/MONTH OF MAY: 

TOTAL CONTACTS for 4 days, total 5061,  contracts:  25.305 million oz  OR 6.326 MILLION OZ PER DAY. (1265CONTRACTS PER DAY)

TOTAL EFP’S FOR THE MONTH SO FAR: 25.305 MILLION OZ

.

LAST 11 MONTHS TOTAL EFP CONTRACTS ISSUED  IN MILLIONS OF OZ:

MAY 137.83 MILLION

JUNE 149.91 MILLION OZ

JULY 129.445 MILLION OZ

AUGUST: MILLION OZ 140.120 

SEPT. 28.230 MILLION OZ//

OCT:  94.595 MILLION OZ

NOV: 131.925 MILLION OZ

DEC: 100.615 MILLION OZ 

JAN 2022//  90.460 MILLION OZ

FEB 2022:  72.39 MILLION OZ//

MARCH: 207.430  MILLION OZ//A NEW RECORD FOR EFP ISSUANCE AND WE ARE STILL GOING STRONG THIS MONTH.

APRIL: 114.52 MILLION OZ FINAL//LOW ISSUANCE

MAY: 25.305 MILLION OZ//

RESULT: WE HAD A VERY STRONG  SIZED INCREASE IN COMEX OI SILVER COMEX CONTRACTS OF 1800 DESPITE OUR  $0.23 LOSS IN SILVER PRICING AT THE COMEX// WEDNESDAY., TODAY.  THE CME NOTIFIED US THAT WE HAD A STRONG  SIZED EFP ISSUANCE  CONTRACTS: 870 CONTRACTS ISSUED FOR MAY AND 0 CONTRACTS ISSUED FOR ALL OTHER MONTHS) WHICH  EXITED OUT OF THE SILVER COMEX  TO LONDON  AS FORWARDS    THE DOMINANT FEATURE TODAY: /HUGE BANKER SHORT COVERING AS THEY GET OUT OF DODGE//// WE HAVE A HUGE INITIAL SILVER OZ STANDING FOR MAY. OF 30.170 MILLION  OZ  FOLLOWED BY TODAY;S 130,000  OZ QUEUE JUMP//NEW STANDING 28.560 MILLION OZ//  .. WE HAD A HUGE SIZED GAIN OF 2670 OI CONTRACTS ON THE TWO EXCHANGES FOR 13.35 MILLION  OZ DESPITE THE STRONG LOSS IN PRICE. 

 WE HAD 1  NOTICE FILED TODAY FOR  5,000 OZ

THE SILVER COMEX IS NOW BEING ATTACKED FOR METAL BY LONDONERS ET AL.

GOLD//OUTLINE

IN GOLD, THE COMEX OPEN INTEREST ROSE BY A HUGE SIZED 8545 CONTRACTS  TO 568,986 AND CLOSER TO NEW RECORD (SET JAN 24/2020) AT 799,541 AND  PREVIOUS TO THAT: (SET JAN 6/2020) AT 797,110.

THE DIFFERENTIAL FROM PRELIMINARY OI TO FINAL OI IN GOLD TODAY:  –4372 CONTRACTS.

THE BIS HAS ABANDONED THE GOLD COMEX TRADING!!!

.

THE  STRONG SIZED INCREASE IN COMEX OI CAME WITH OUR  GAIN IN PRICE OF $0.70//COMEX GOLD TRADING/WEDNESDAY /.AS IN SILVER WE MUST  HAD  HUGE BANKER/ALGO SHORT COVERING ACCOMPANYING OUR FAIR SIZED EXCHANGE FOR PHYSICAL ISSUANCE. WE HAD ZERO LONG LIQUIDATION   

WE ALSO HAD A HUGE INITIAL STANDING IN GOLD TONNAGE FOR MAY AT 5.353 TONNES ON FIRST DAY NOTICE /FOLLOWED BY TODAY”S QUEUE JUMP OF 100 OZ//NEW STANDING 7,4680 TONNES

YET ALL OF..THIS HAPPENED WITH OUR GAIN IN PRICE OF   $0,70 WITH RESPECT TO WEDNESDAY’S TRADING

WE HAD A STRONG SIZED GAIN OF 10,264  OI CONTRACTS (31.92 PAPER TONNES) ON OUR TWO EXCHANGES..

E.F.P. ISSUANCE

THE CME RELEASED THE DATA FOR EFP ISSUANCE AND IT TOTALED A FAIR SIZED  1719 CONTRACTS:

The NEW COMEX OI FOR THE GOLD COMPLEX RESTS AT 573,358.

IN ESSENCE WE HAVE A  GIGANTIC SIZED INCREASE IN TOTAL CONTRACTS ON THE TWO EXCHANGES OF 14,636, WITH 12,917 CONTRACTS INCREASED AT THE COMEX AND 1719 EFP OI CONTRACTS WHICH NAVIGATED OVER TO LONDON. THUS  TOTAL OI GAIN ON THE TWO EXCHANGES OF 14,636 CONTRACTS OR 45.525 TONNES.

CALCULATIONS ON GAIN/LOSS ON OUR TWO EXCHANGES

WE HAD A FAIR SIZED ISSUANCE IN EXCHANGE FOR PHYSICALS (1719) ACCOMPANYING THE STRONG SIZED GAIN IN COMEX OI (8545,): TOTAL GAIN IN THE TWO EXCHANGES  10,264 CONTRACTS. WE NO DOUBT HAD 1) HUGE BANKER SHORT COVERING ,2.) STRONG INITIAL STANDING AT THE GOLD COMEX FOR MAY. AT 5.353 TONNES FOLLOWED BY TODAY’S QUEUE JUMP OF 100 OZ//NEW STANDING 7.4680 ///  3) ZERO LONG LIQUIDATION //.,4) STRONG SIZED COMEX  OI. GAIN 5) FAIR ISSUANCE OF EXCHANGE FOR PHYSICAL/

HISTORICAL ACCUMULATION OF EXCHANGE FOR PHYSICALS IN 2022 INCLUDING TODAY

MAY

ACCUMULATION OF EFP’S GOLD AT J.P. MORGAN’S HOUSE OF BRIBES: (EXCHANGE FOR PHYSICAL) FOR THE MONTH OF MAY :

10,342 CONTRACTS OR 1,034,200 OR 32.167  TONNES 4 TRADING DAY(S) AND THUS AVERAGING: 2586 EFP CONTRACTS PER TRADING DAY

TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA AS TO THE  SIZE OF THESE EFP TRANSFERS :  THIS MONTH IN 4 TRADING DAY(S) IN  TONNES: 32.167 TONNES

TOTAL ANNUAL GOLD PRODUCTION, 2021, THROUGHOUT THE WORLD EX CHINA EX RUSSIA: 3555 TONNES

THUS EFP TRANSFERS REPRESENTS  32.167/3550 x 100% TONNES  0.905% OF GLOBAL ANNUAL PRODUCTION

ACCUMULATION OF GOLD EFP’S YEAR 2021 TO 2022 

JANUARY/2021: 265.26 TONNES (RAPIDLY INCREASING AGAIN)

 FEB  :  171.24 TONNES  ( DEFINITELY SLOWING DOWN AGAIN).. 

MARCH:.   276.50 TONNES (STRONG AGAIN/

APRIL:      189..44 TONNES  ( DRAMATICALLY SLOWING DOWN AGAIN//GOLD IN BACKWARDATION)

MAY:        250.15 TONNES  (NOW DRAMATICALLY INCREASING AGAIN)

JUNE:      247.54 TONNES (FINAL)

JULY:        188.73 TONNES FINAL

AUGUST:   217.89 TONNES FINAL ISSUANCE.

SEPT          142.12 TONNES FINAL ISSUANCE ( LOW ISSUANCE)_

OCT:           141.13 TONNES FINAL ISSUANCE (LOW ISSUANCE)

NOV:           312.46 TONNES FINAL ISSUANCE//NEW RECORD!! (INCREASING DRAMATICALLY)//SIGN OF REAL STRESS//SURPASSING THE MARCH 2021 RECORD OF 276.50 TONNES OF EFP

DEC.           175.62 TONNES//FINAL ISSUANCE// 

JAN:2022   247.25 TONNES //FINAL

FEB:           196.04 TONNES//FINAL

MARCH:  409.30 TONNES INITIAL( THIS IS NOW A RECORD EFP ISSUANCE FOR MARCH AND FOR ANY MONTH.

APRIL:  169.55 TONNES (FINAL VERY  LOW ISSUANCE MONTH)

MAY:  32.17 TONNES INITIAL

SPREADING OPERATIONS

(/NOW SWITCHING TO GOLD) FOR NEWCOMERS, HERE ARE THE DETAILS

SPREADING LIQUIDATION HAS NOW COMMENCED   AS WE HEAD TOWARDS THE  NEW ACTIVE FRONT MONTH OF MAY.WE ARE NOW INTO THE SPREADING OPERATION OF SILVER

HERE IS A BRIEF SYNOPSIS OF HOW THE CROOKS FLEECE UNSUSPECTING LONGS IN THE SPREADING ENDEAVOUR ;MODUS OPERANDI OF THE CORRUPT BANKERS AS TO HOW THEY HANDLE THEIR SPREAD OPEN INTERESTS:HERE IS HOW THE CROOKS USED SPREADING AS WE ARE NOW INTO THE  NON ACTIVE DELIVERY MONTH OF APRIL HEADING TOWARDS THE  ACTIVE DELIVERY MONTH OF MAY, FOR SILVER:

YOU WILL ALSO NOTICE THAT THE COMEX OPEN INTEREST  STARTS TO RISE BUT SO IS THE OPEN INTEREST OF SPREADERS. THE OPEN INTEREST IN WILL CONTINUE TO RISE UNTIL ONE WEEK BEFORE FIRST DAY NOTICE OF AN UPCOMING  ACTIVE DELIVERY MONTH (MAR), AND THAT IS WHEN THE CROOKS SELL THEIR SPREAD POSITIONS BUT NOT AT THE SAME TIME OF THE DAY.  THEY WILL USE THE SELL SIDE OF THE EQUATION TO CREATE THE CASCADE (ALONG WITH THEIR COLLUSIVE FRIENDS) AND THEN COVER ON THE BUY SIDE OF THE SPREAD SITUATION AT THE END  OF THE DAY. THEY DO THIS TO AVOID POSITION LIMIT DETECTION. THE LIQUIDATION OF THE SPREADING FORMATION CONTINUES FOR EXACTLY ONE WEEK AND ENDS ON FIRST DAY NOTICE.”

WHAT IS ALARMING TO ME, ACCORDING TO OUR LONDON EXPERT ANDREW MAGUIRE IS THAT THESE EFP’S ARE BEING TRANSFERRED TO WHAT ARE CALLED SERIAL FORWARD CONTRACT OBLIGATIONS AND THESE CONTRACTS ARE LESS THAN 14 DAYS.  ANYTHING GREATER THAN 14 DAYS, THESE MUST BE RECORDED AND SENT TO THE COMPTROLLER, GREAT BRITAIN TO MONITOR RISK TO THE BANKING SYSTEM.  IF THIS IS INDEED TRUE, THEN THIS IS A MASSIVE CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD AS WE NOW WITNESS A MONSTROUS TOTAL EFP’S ISSUANCE AS IT HEADS INTO THE STRATOSPHERE

First, here is an outline of what will be discussed tonight:

1.Today, we had the open interest at the comex, in SILVER, ROSE BY A HUGE SIZED 1800 CONTRACT OI TO 139,492 AND CLOSER TO  OUR COMEX RECORD //244,710(SET FEB 25/2020).  THE LAST RECORDS WERE SET  IN AUG.2018 AT 244,196 WITH A SILVER PRICE OF $14.78/(AUGUST 22/2018)..THE PREVIOUS RECORD TO THAT WAS SET ON APRIL 9/2018 AT 243,411 OPEN INTEREST CONTRACTS WITH THE SILVER PRICE AT THAT DAY: $16.53). AND PREVIOUS TO THAT, THE RECORD  WAS ESTABLISHED AT: 234,787 CONTRACTS, SET ON APRIL 21.2017 OVER  5 YEARS AGO.  

EFP ISSUANCE 870 CONTRACTS

OUR CUSTOMARY MIGRATION OF COMEX LONGS CONTINUE TO MORPH INTO LONDON FORWARDS  AS OUR BANKERS USED THEIR EMERGENCY PROCEDURE TO ISSUE:

MAY 870  ALL OTHER MONTHS: ZERO. TOTAL EFP ISSUANCE: 0 CONTRACTS. EFP’S GIVE OUR COMEX LONGS A FIAT BONUS PLUS A DELIVERABLE PRODUCT OVER IN LONDON.  IF WE TAKE THE  COMEX OI GAIN OF 1800 CONTRACTS AND ADD TO THE 870 OI TRANSFERRED TO LONDON THROUGH EFP’S,

WE OBTAIN A STRONG SIZED GAIN OF 2670 OPEN INTEREST CONTRACTS FROM OUR TWO EXCHANGES. 

THUS IN OUNCES, THE STRONG GAIN  ON THE TWO EXCHANGES 13.35 MILLION OZ

OCCURRED DESPITE OUR LOSS IN PRICE OF  $0.23 IN PRICE.

OUTLINE FOR TODAY’S COMMENTARY

1/COMEX GOLD AND SILVER REPORT

(report Harvey)

2 ) Gold/silver trading overnight Europe,

(Peter Schiff,

3. Egon von Greyerz///Matthew Piepenburg via GoldSwitzerland.com,

4. Chris Powell of GATA provides to us very important physical commentaries

Amazing:  Denmark releases their gold bar list of official reserves without serial numbers!!

(zerohedge)

Jan Nieuwenhuijs: Denmark releases gold bar list but serial numbers are missing

Submitted by admin on Wed, 2022-05-04 11:28Section: Daily Dispatches

11:24a ET Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

Gold researcher Jan Nieuwenhuijs writes today that central banks are slowly increasing transparency with their gold reserves but that Denmark just took a step away from transparency, publishing a list of its gold bars without including their serial numbers.

Nieuwenhuijs’ analysis is headlined “Denmark Releases Gold Bar List But the Serial Numbers Are Missing” and it’s posted at the Gainesville Coins internet site here:

https://www.gainesvillecoins.com/blog/denmark-releases-gold-bar-list

CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.
CPowell@GATA.org

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Rouble exceeds its 2 year high as Europe undergoes more sanctions. Exporters fearful that the strengthening of the rouble would eat into their holdings, bought the rouble which increased its value

(zerohedge)

Ruble exceeds 2-year high vs. dollar and euro despite more EU sanctions

Submitted by admin on Wed, 2022-05-04 18:39Section: Daily Dispatches

From Reuters
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

The Russian rouble jumped on Wednesday to a more than two-year high against both the dollar and euro, retaining the support of hefty capital controls as the European Union proposed a new package of sanctions against Russia over events in Ukraine.

Movements on Russian markets are affected by the rouble being propped up by capital controls, while stocks are trading with a ban on short selling and foreign players barred from ditching shares in Russian companies without permission.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen proposed a phased oil embargo on Russia, as well as sanctioning its top bank and banning its broadcasters from European airwaves, in a bid to deepen Moscow’s isolation.

But with markets returning to action for a few days in the middle of Russia’s long May holidays and no concrete signs that the central bank will scale back controls any time soon, exporters were actively selling foreign currency, concerned that further rouble strengthening would eat into their holdings. …

… For the remainder of the report:

https://www.reuters.com/business/rouble-jumps-around-2-year-high-vs-dollar-euro-eu-ups-sanctions-2022-05-04/

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‘Gold Matters’ — The timely new book from Egon von Greyerz and Matthew Piepenburg

Submitted by admin on Wed, 2022-05-04 21:46Section: Daily Dispatches

By Egon von Greyerz
Matterhorn Asset Management, Zurich
Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Matterhorn Asset Management principals Egon von Greyerz and Matthew Piepenburg are pleased to announce the release of their co-authored book, “Gold Matters,” in e-Book and paperback versions at Amazon here:

The book includes a foreword by Grant Williams and Ronni Stoeferle.

For our newsletter followers, please know that the e-Book will be available at just $1.99 for a limited promotional-period. We are confident that “Gold Matters” encapsulates the core themes of our consistent message for owning physical gold.

In the first week of the book’s release, we would greatly appreciate your feedback (as well as Amazon book reviews, made here —

— on what we hope will become a leading work in precious metals investing.

“Gold Matters” is a much-needed examination of gold as a timeless wealth preservation asset in a modern setting of unprecedented financial risk. Never before have financial systems been stretched this dangerously thin. Never before have investors faced a future of such epic change demanding immediate solutions. …

… For the remainder of the commentary:

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5. Other gold commentaries

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6. Commodity commentaries/cryptocurrencies

3. ASIAN AFFAIRS

i)THURSDAY MORNING// WEDNESDAY  NIGHT

SHANGHAI CLOSED UP 20.70 PTS OR .68%   //Hang Sang CLOSED DOWN 76.12 OR 0.36%   /The Nikkei closed          //Australia’s all ordinaires CLOSED UP .98%   /Chinese yuan (ONSHORE) closed  DOWN  TO 6.6200     /Oil UP TO 108.12 dollars per barrel for WTI and UP TO 111.04 for Brent. Stocks in Europe OPENED  ALL GREEN       //  ONSHORE YUAN CLOSED DOWN AGAINST THE DOLLAR AT 6.6200 OFFSHORE YUAN CLOSED UP ON THE DOLLAR AT 6.6525: /ONSHORE YUAN TRADING ABOVE LEVEL OF OFFSHORE YUAN/ONSHORE YUAN  TRADING STRONGER AGAINST US DOLLAR/OFFSHORE STRONGER//

a)NORTH KOREA

outline

b) REPORT ON JAPAN/

OUTLINE

3 C CHINA

OUTLINE

4/EUROPEAN AFFAIRS

OUTLINE

5. RUSSIAN AND MIDDLE EASTERN AFFAIRS

OUTLINE

6.Global Issues

OUTLINE

7. OIL ISSUES

OUTLINE

8 EMERGING MARKET ISSUES

 COMEX DATA//AMOUNTS STANDING//VOLUME OF TRADING/INVENTORY MOVEMENTS

GOLD

LET US BEGIN:

THE TOTAL COMEX GOLD OPEN INTEREST ROSE BY A STRONG SIZED 8,545 CONTRACTS TO 568,986  AND CLOSER TO THE RECORD THAT WAS SET IN JANUARY/2020: {799,541  OI(SET JAN 16/2020)} AND  PREVIOUS TO THAT: 797,110 (SET JAN 7/2020). AND THIS  COMEX INCREASE OCCURRED WITH OUR TINY GAIN OF $0.70 IN GOLD PRICING WEDNESDAY’S COMEX TRADING. WE ALSO HAD A FAIR SIZED EFP (1719 CONTRACTS). . THEY WERE PAID HANDSOMELY  NOT TO TAKE DELIVERY AT THE COMEX AND SETTLE FOR CASH.

WE NORMALLY HAVE WITNESSED  EXCHANGE FOR PHYSICALS ISSUED BEING SMALL AS IT JUST TOO COSTLY FOR THEM TO CONTINUE SERVICING THE COSTS OF SERIAL FORWARDS CIRCULATING IN LONDON. HOWEVER, MUCH TO THE ANNOYANCE OF OUR BANKERS, THE COMEX IS THE SCENE OF AN ASSAULT ON GOLD AS LONDONERS, NOT BEING ABLE TO FIND ANY PHYSICAL ON THAT SIDE OF THE POND, EXERCISE THESE CIRCULATING EXCHANGE FOR PHYSICALS IN LONDON AND FORCING DELIVERY OF REAL METAL OVER HERE AS THE OBLIGATION STILL RESTS WITH NEW YORK BANKERS. IT SEEMS THAT ARE BANKERS FRIENDS ARE EXERCISING EFP’S FROM LONDON AND NOW THEY ARE LOATHE TO ISSUE NEW ONES.

EXCHANGE FOR PHYSICAL ISSUANCE

WE ARE NOW MOVING TO THE   ACTIVE DELIVERY MONTH OF MAY..  THE CME REPORTS THAT THE BANKERS ISSUED A  FAIR SIZED TRANSFER THROUGH THE EFP ROUTE AS THESE LONGS RECEIVED A DELIVERABLE LONDON FORWARD TOGETHER WITH A FIAT BONUS.,

THAT IS 1719 EFP CONTRACTS WERE ISSUED:  ;: ,  . 0 JUNE :1719 & ZERO FOR ALL OTHER MONTHS:

TOTAL EFP ISSUANCE:  1719 CONTRACTS 

WHEN WE HAVE BACKWARDATION,  EFP ISSUANCE IS VERY COSTLY BUT THE REAL PROBLEM IS THE SCARCITY OF METAL AND IT IS FAR BETTER FOR OUR BANKERS TO PAY OFF INDIVIDUALS THAN RISK INVESTORS ESPECIALLY FROM LONDON STANDING FOR DELIVERY. THE LOWER PRICES IN THE FUTURES MARKET IS A MAGNET FOR OUR LONDONERS SEEKING PHYSICAL METAL. BACKWARDATION ALWAYS EQUAL SCARCITY OF METAL!

ON A NET BASIS IN OPEN INTEREST WE GAINED THE FOLLOWING TODAY ON OUR TWO EXCHANGES: A GIGANTIC SIZED  TOTAL OF 14,636 CONTRACTS IN THAT 1719 LONGS WERE TRANSFERRED AS FORWARDS TO LONDON AND WE HAD A VERY STRONG SIZED  COMEX OI GAIN OF 10,264  CONTRACTS..AND  THIS  GAIN OCCURRED DESPITE OUR TINY GAIN IN PRICE OF GOLD $0.70

// WE HAVE A STRONG AMOUNT OF GOLD TONNAGE STANDING FOR MAY   (7.4680),

 HERE ARE THE AMOUNTS THAT STOOD FOR DELIVERY IN THE PRECEDING 12 MONTHS OF 2021:

DEC 2021: 112.217 TONNES

NOV.  8.074 TONNES

OCT.    57.707 TONNES

SEPT: 11.9160 TONNES

AUGUST: 80.489 TONNES

JULY: 7.2814 TONNES

JUNE:  72.289 TONNES

MAY 5.77 TONNES

APRIL  95.331 TONNES

MARCH 30.205 TONNES

FEB ’21. 113.424 TONNES

JAN ’21: 6.500 TONNES.

TOTAL SO FAR THIS YEAR (JAN- DEC): 601.213 TONNES

YEAR 2022:

JANUARY 2022  17.79 TONNES

FEB 2022: 59.023 TONNES

MARCH: 36.678 TONNES

APRIL: 85.340 TONNES FINAL.

MAY: 7.468 TONNES

THE BANKERS WERE UNSUCCESSFUL IN LOWERING GOLD’S PRICE  //// (IT ROSE $0.70) AND  WERE  UNSUCCESSFUL IN FLEECING QUITE ANY LONGS AS WE HAVE  REGISTERED A GIGANTIC SIZED GAIN  OF 45.5247 TONNES ON TOTAL OI FROM OUR TWO EXCHANGES, ACCOMPANYING OUR HUGE GOLD TONNAGE STANDING FOR MAY (7.468 TONNES)

WE HAD 4372 CONTRACTS REMOVED FROM COMEX TRADES. THESE WERE REMOVED AFTER TRADING ENDED LAST NIGHT

NET GAIN ON THE TWO EXCHANGES 10,264 CONTRACTS OR 1,026,400 OZ OR 31,92TONNES

Estimated gold volume today: 231,744/// fair

Confirmed volume yesterday:192,767 contracts  fair

INITIAL STANDINGS FOR MAY ’22 COMEX GOLD //MAY 5

GoldOunces
Withdrawals from Dealers Inventory in oznil oz
Withdrawals from Customer Inventory in ozNIL oz
Deposit to the Dealer Inventory in oznilOZ 
Deposits to the Customer Inventory, in oz76,862.305 oz
HSBC
No of oz served (contracts) today1  notice(s)
100 OZ
0.00311 TONNES
No of oz to be served (notices)917 contracts
 91700 oz
2.852 TONNES
Total monthly oz gold served (contracts) so far this month1484 notices
148,400 OZ
4.61586 TONNES
Total accumulative withdrawals of gold from the Dealers inventory this monthNIL oz
Total accumulative withdrawal of gold from the Customer inventory this monthxxx oz


For today:

dealer deposits  0

total dealer deposit  nil   oz//

No dealer withdrawals

1 customer deposit

i) Into HSBCL  76,862.305 oz

0 customer withdrawals:

total withdrawal: nil oz

ADJUSTMENTS:   0

CALCULATIONS FOR THE AMOUNT OF GOLD STANDING FOR MAY.

For the front month of MAY we have an  oi of 918 contracts having LOST 32 contracts

We had 33 notices filed on Monday, so we gained 1 contract or  100 oz will stand for delivery in this non active delivery month of May.

June saw a loss of 4741 contracts down to 420,192  contracts

July has a gain of 17 OI to stand at 141

August has a gain of 15,259 contracts up to 98,660 contracts

We had 1 notice(s) filed today for  100 oz FOR THE MAY 2022 CONTRACT MONTH. 


Today, 0 notice(s) were issued from J.P.Morgan dealer account and  30 notices were issued from their client or customer account. The total of all issuance by all participants equate to 1 contract(s) of which 0  notices were stopped (received) by j.P. Morgan dealer and   1 notice(s) was (were) stopped/ Received) by J.P.Morgan//customer account and 0 notice(s) received (stopped) by the squid  (Goldman Sachs)

To calculate the INITIAL total number of gold ounces standing for the MAY /2021. contract month, 

we take the total number of notices filed so far for the month (1484) x 100 oz , to which we add the difference between the open interest for the front month of  (MAY xxx  CONTRACTS ) minus the number of notices served upon today  1 x 100 oz per contract equals 240,000 OZ  OR 7.4680 TONNES the number of TONNES standing in this  active month of APRIL. 

thus the INITIAL standings for gold for the MAY contract month:

No of notices filed so far (1484) x 100 oz+   (918)  OI for the front month minus the number of notices served upon today (1} x 100 oz} which equals 240,100 oz standing OR 7.4680 TONNES in this NON   active delivery month of MAY.

TOTAL COMEX GOLD STANDING:  7.4680 TONNES  (A STRONG STANDING FOR A MAY ( NON ACTIVE) DELIVERY MONTH)

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COMEX GOLD INVENTORIES/CLASSIFICATION

NEW PLEDGED GOLD:

241,794.285 oz NOW PLEDGED /HSBC  5.94 TONNES

204,937.290 PLEDGED  MANFRA 3.08 TONNES

83,657.582 PLEDGED JPMorgan no 1  1.690 tonnes

263,958.054, oz  JPM No 2  7.58 TONNES

1,063,208.634 oz pledged  Brinks/27,96 TONNES

Delaware: 193.721 oz

International Delaware::  11,188.542 o

Loomis: 32,840.423 oz

total pledged gold:  1,941,626.135 oz                             (1115,92 TONNES)

TOTAL OF ALL GOLD ELIGIBLE AND REGISTERED:  36,046.375.907 OZ (1121.19 TONNES)

TOTAL ELIGIBLE GOLD: 18,238,460.914  OZ (567.29 tonnes)

TOTAL OF ALL REGISTERED GOLD: 17,807,914,993 OZ  (553.906 tonnes)

REGISTERED GOLD THAT CAN BE SERVED UPON: 15,866288.0 OZ (REG GOLD- PLEDGED GOLD)  493.508tonnes

END

MAY 2022 CONTRACT MONTH//SILVER//MAY 5

SilverOunces
Withdrawals from Dealers InventoryNIL oz
Withdrawals from Customer Inventory300,092.900  oz
CNT
Deposits to the Dealer Inventory39,755.700
OZ
Manfra
Deposits to the Customer Inventory1,768,665.280
oz
JPMorgan
No of oz served today (contracts)10CONTRACT(S)
50,000  OZ)
No of oz to be served (notices)2874 contracts (14,370,000 oz)
Total monthly oz silver served (contracts)2838 contracts 14.190,000 oz)
Total accumulative withdrawal of silver from the Dealers inventory this monthNIL oz
Total accumulative withdrawal of silver from the Customer inventory this month

And now for the wild silver comex results

we had 0 deposit into the dealer

total dealer deposits:  nil     oz

i) We had 0 dealer withdrawal

total dealer withdrawals: nil oz

We have 1 deposits into the customer account

ii) Into JPMorgan: 1,768,265.280 oz

total deposit:  1,768,265.280    oz

JPMorgan has a total silver weight: 176.025 million oz/333.564 million =52.77% of comex 

 Comex withdrawals: 1

i) Out of CNT;  300,092.900 oz

total withdrawal 300,092.900    oz

3 adjustments:   

customer to dealer: HSBC  10,022.89 oz

dealer to customer:(a)  JPMorgan 597,506.600 oz

and (b) Loomis: 4854.810 oz

the silver comex is in stress!

TOTAL REGISTERED SILVER: 81.067 MILLION OZ

TOTAL REG + ELIG. 333.564 MILLION OZ

CALCULATION OF SILVER OZ STANDING FOR APRIL

silver open interest data:

FRONT MONTH OF MAY OI: 2884 HAVING LOST 43 CONTRACTS.  WE HAD 69 NOTICES FILED ON WEDNESDAY

SO WE GAINED 26  CONTRACTS OR A QUEUE JUMP OF 130,000 OZ

JUNE HAD A LOSS OF 38 TO STAND AT 1756

JULY HAD A GAIN OF 1061 CONTRACTS UP TO 113,245 CONTRACTS.

 .

TOTAL NUMBER OF NOTICES FILED FOR TODAY: 10 for 50,000 oz

Comex volumes: 72,074// est. volume today//   good

Comex volume: confirmed yesterday: 61,948 contracts (  fair )

To calculate the number of silver ounces that will stand for delivery in MAY. we take the total number of notices filed for the month so far at 2828 x 5,000 oz = 14,190,000 oz 

to which we add the difference between the open interest for the front month of MAY(2884) and the number of notices served upon today 10 x (5000 oz) equals the number of ounces standing.

Thus the  standings for silver for the MAY./2021 contract month: 2838 (notices served so far) x 5000 oz + OI for front month of MAY (2884)  – number of notices served upon today (1) x 5000 oz of silver standing for the MAY contract month equates 28,560,000 oz. .

We GAINED 26 contracts or 130,000 will stand for delivery at the comex 

the record level of silver open interest is 234,787 contracts set on April 21./2017 with the price on that day at $18.42. The previous record was 224,540 contracts with the price at that time of $20.44

END

GLD AND SLV INVENTORY LEVELS:

MAY 5/WITH GOLD UP $6.60 TODAY:NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD//INVENTORY RESTS AT 1089.04 TONNES

MAY 4//WITH GOLD UP 70 CENTS TODAY; A HUGE CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD: A WITHDRAWAL OF 3.19 \TONNES FROM THE GLD//INVENTORY RESTS AT 1089.04 TONNES

MAY 3/WITH GOLD UP $6.05: A BIG CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/ A WITHDRAWL OF 2.32 TONNES//INVENTORY RESTS AT 1092.23

MAY 2/WITH GOLD DOWN $46.20: A BIG CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD: A WITHDRAWAL OF 1.17 TONNES FROM THE GLD///INVENTORY RESTS AT 1094.55 TONNES

APRIL 29/WITH GOLD UP $20.05/NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 1095,72 TONNES

APRIL 28/WITH GOLD UP $2.35: HUGE CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD: A WITHDRAWAL OF 3.77 TONNES FROM THE GLD //INVENTORY RESTS AT 1095.72 TONNES

APRIL 27/WITH GOLD DOWN $15.30//A HUGE CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD; A WITHDRAWAL OF 1.74 TONNES FROM THE GLD////INVENTORY RESTS AT 1099.49 TONNES

APRIL 26/WITH GOLD UP $7.60//HUGE CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD: A DEPOSIT OF 2.9 TONNES INTO THE GLD./INVENTORY RESTS AT 1101.23 TONNES

APRIL 25/WITH GOLD DOWN $36.80//NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD//INVENTORY RESTS AT 1104.13 TONNES 

APRIL 22/WITH GOLD DOWN $13.50: A HUGE CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD: A WITHDRAWAL OF 2.61 TONNES FROM THE GLD.//INVENTORY RESTS AT 1104.13 TONNES

APRIL 21/WITH GOLD DOWN $6.80//NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD//INVENTORY RESTS AT 1106.74 TONNES

APRIL 20/WITH GOLD DOWN $3.05: A HUGE CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD: A DEPOSIT IF 6.36 TONNES INTO THE GLD..//INVENTORY RESTS AT 1106.74 TONNES

APRIL 19//WITH GOLD DOWN $26.90//A SMALL CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD A DEPOSIT OF .87 TONNES INTO THE GLD//INVENTORY RESTS AT 1100.36 TONNES

APRIL 18/WITH GOLD UP $11.20: A HUGE CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD: A WITHDRAWAL OF 4.93 TONNES FROM THE GLD..//INVENTORY RESTS AT 1099.44 TONNES

APRIL 14/WITH GOLD DOWN $8.90: A HUGE CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD: A  DEPOSIT OF 11.32 TONNES INTO THE GLD..//INVENTORY RESTS AT 1104.42 TONNES

APRIL 13/WITH GOLD UP $8.80: NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD//INVENTORY RESTS AT 1093.10 TONNES

APRIL 12/WITH GOLD UP $26.95: A HUGE CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD: A DEPOSIT OF 2.61 TONNES INTO THE GLD///INVENTORY REST AT 1093.10 TONNES

APRIL 11/WITH GOLD UP $3.40 //A HUGE CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD: A DEPOSIT OF 1.74 TONNES OF GOLD INTO THE GLD.//INVENTORY RESTS AT 1090.49 TONNES

APRIL 8/WITH GOLD UP $7.70: A BIG CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD: A DEPOSIT OF 1.45 TONNES INTO THE GLD//INVENTORY RESTS AT 1088.75 TONNES

APRIL 7/WITH GOLD UP $13.40: NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD//INVENTORY RESTS AT 1087.30 TONNES

APRIL 6/WITH GOLD DOWN $4.10: A HUGE CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD: A WITHDRAWAL OF 2.68 TONNES FROM THE GLD..//INVENTORY RESTS AT 1087.30 TONNES

APRIL 5/WITH GOLD DOWN $5.70: A HUGE CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD: A WITHDRAWAL OF 1.75 TONNES FROM THE GLD//INVENTORY RESTS AT 1089.98 TONNES

APRIL 4/WITH GOLD UP $.70//NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD//INVENTORY RESTS AT 1091.73 TONNES

APRIL 1///WITH GOLD DOWN $19.00 : A SMALL CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD: A DEPOSIT OF .29 TONNES INTO THE GLD///INVENTORY RESTS AT 1091.73 TONNES

MARCH 31/WITH GOLD UP $13.30 TODAY: A HUGE CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD FROM MONDAY A WITHDRAWAL OF 1.71 TONNES FROM THE GLD:INVENTORY RESTS AT 1091.44

MARCH 28/WITH GOLD DOWN $14.65: NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD//INVENTORY RESTS AT 1093.18 TONNES

MARCH 25/WITH GOLD DOWN $7.60 : A HUGE CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD: A DEPOSIT OF 5.52 TONNES INTO THE GLD///INVENTORY RESTS AT 1093.18 TONNES

MARCH 24/WITH GOLD UP $24.95: HUGE CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD: A DEPOSIT OF 4.06 TONNES INTO THE GLD..//INVENTORY RESTS AT 1087.66 TONNES

MARCH 23/WITH GOLD UP $15.75//NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD//INVENTORY RESTS AT 1083.60 TONNES

MARCH 22/WITH GOLD DOWN $7.75: A HUGE CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD: A DEPOSIT OF 1.16 TONNES OF GOLD DEPOSITED INTO THE GLD//INVENTORY RESTS AT 1083.60 TONES

CLOSING INVENTORY FOR THE GLD//1089.04 TONNES

Now the SLV Inventory/( vehicle is a fraud as there is no physical metal behind them

MAY 5/WITH SILVER UP 6 CENTS TODAY: A SMALL CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV: A WITHDRAWAL OF .93 MILLION OZ FROM THE SLV//INVENTORY RESTS AT 575.977 MILLION OZ//

MAY 4/WITH SILVER DOWN 27 CENTS TODAY: A SMALL CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV: A DEPOSIT OF .851 MILLION OZ INTO THE SLV///INVENTORY RESTS AT 576.900 MILLION OZ

MAY 3/WITH SILVER UP 4 CENTS TODAY: A SMALL CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV//A DEPOSIT OF.877 MILLION OZ INTO THE SLV.

MAY 2/WITH SILVER DOWN 47 CENTS: A SMALL CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV: A WITHDRAWAL OF 554,000 OZ FROM THE SLV.//INVENTORY RESTS AT 575.171 MILLION OZ//

APRIL 29//WITH SILVER DOWN 12  CENTS: NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV//INVENTORY RESTS AT 575.725 MILLION OZ/

APRIL 28/WITH SILVER DOWN 23 CENTS: HUGE CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV: A WITHDRAWAL OF 2.308 MILLION OZ FROM THE SLV//INVENTORY RESTS AT 575.725 MILLION OZ//

APRIL 27/WITH SILVER DOWN 4 CENTS: A HUGE CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV: A WITHDRAWAL OF 1.385 MILLION OZ FROM THE SLV////INVENTORY RESTS AT 578.033 MILLION OZ

APRIL 26/WITH SILVER DOWN 13 CENTS TODAY: NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV//INVENTORY RESTS AT 579.418 MILLION OZ

APRIL 25/WITH SILVER DOWN 69 CENTS: A HUGE CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV: A WITHDRAWAL OF 2.031 MILLION OZ FROM THE SLV//INVENTORY RESTS AT 579.418 MILLION OZ//

APRIL 22/WITH SILVER DOWN 34 CENTS : STRANGE!! A HUGE CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV: A WHOPPING DEPOSIT OF 3.508 MILLION OZ INTO THE SLV//INVENTORY RESTS AT 581.449 MILLION OZ//

APRIL 21/WITH SILVER UP 57 CENTS: NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV//INVENTORY RESTS AT 577.941 MILLION OZ

APRIL 20/WITH SILVER DOWN 15 CENTS : A HUGE CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV: A DEPOSIT OF 2.955 MILLION OZ INTO THE SLV//INVENTORY RESTS AT 577.941 MILLION OZ///

APRIL 19/WITH SILVER DOWN 62 CENTS: A SMALL CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV: A WITHDRAWAL OF .461 MILLION OZ FROM THE SLV INVENTORY…//INVENTORY RESTS AT 574.986 MILLION OZ

APRIL 18/WITH SILVER UP 38 CENTS: A HUGE CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV: A DEPOSIT OF 5.771 MILLION OZ INTO THE SLV./INVENTORY RESTS AT 575.447 MILLION OZ//

APRIL 14/WITH SILVER DOWN 25 CENTS : A MONSTROUS CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV: A DEPOSIT OF 4.355 MILLION OZ INTO THE SLV.//INVENTORY RESTS AT 569.676 MILLION OZ//

APRIL 13/WITH SILVER UP 27 CENTS: NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV//INVENTORY RESTS AT 565.521 MILLION OZ

APRIL 12/WITH SILVER UP 66 CENTS: NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 565.521 MILLION OZ//

APRIL 11/WITH SILVER UP 13 CENTS: A SMALL CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV: A WITHDRAWAL OF 831,000 OZ FORM THE SLV////INVENTORY RESTS AT 565.521 MILLION OZ

APRIL 8/WITH SILVER  UP 11 CENTS :NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 566.352 MILLION OZ//

APRIL 7/WITH SILVER UP 27 CENTS : NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV//INVENTORY RESTS AT 566.352 MILLION OZ//

APRIL 6/WITH SILVER DOWN 9 CENTS : NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 566.352 MILLION OZ

APRIL 5/WITH SILVER DOWN 16 CENTS : A HUGE CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV: A DEPOSIT OF 1.386 MILLION OZ INTO THE SLV..//INVENTORY RESETS AT 566.352 MILLION OZ//

APRIL 4/WITH SILVER DOWN 5 CENTS TO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV//: A DEPOSIT OF 6.326 MILLION OZ//INVENTORY REST AT 564.966 MILLION OZ//

APRIL 1/WITH SILVER DOWN 39 CENTS A BIG CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV: A DEPOSIT OF 2.302 MILLION OZ INTO THE SLV////INVENTORY REST AT 558.647 MILLION OZ//

MARCH 31/WITH SILVER UP 3 CENTS TODAY: HUGE CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV//A DEPOSIT OF 2.171 MILLION OZ INTO THE SLV//INVENTORY RESTS AT 556.345 MILLION OZ

MARCH 28/WITH SILVER DOWN 30 CENTS TODAY: A HUGE CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV: A DEPOSIT OF 1.847 MILLION OZ INTO THE SLV///INVENTORY RESTS AT 554.167 MILLION OZ//

MARCH 25/WITH SILVER DOWN 20 CENTS TODAY: NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV//INVENTORY RESTS AT 552.320 MILLION OZ//

MARCH 24/WITH SILVER UP 54 CENTS TODAY; A HUGE CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV: A DEPOSIT OF 2.092 MILLION OZ INTO THE SLV//INVENTORY RESTS AT 552.320 MILLION OZ//

MARCH 23/WITH SILVER UP 24 CENTS TODAY: NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV//INVENTORY RESTS AT 550.288 MILLION OZ//

MARCH 22/WITH SILVER DOWN $0.29 TODAY : NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV//INVENTORY RESTS AT 550.288 MILLION OZ//

SLV FINAL INVENTORY FOR TODAY: 575.977MILLION OZ//

PHYSICAL GOLD/SILVER STORIES

1.PETER SCHIFF

Has The Fed Already Pricked The Housing Bubble?

WEDNESDAY, MAY 04, 2022 – 03:00 PM

Via SchiffGold.com,

The Federal Reserve has raised rates once – a mere 25 basis points (with another hike on the table today). So, it’s just getting started, but has it already popped the housing bubble? It sure looks that way. The question is how long will it take for the air to really start coming out.

As mortgage rates push up, mortgage applications continue to fall. As of last week, applications were down 17%, and at the lowest level since May 2020 when the economy was shut down for COVID, according to last week’s Mortgage Bankers Association’s weekly Purchase Index. The index has dropped 30% from peak demand in late 2020 and early 2021.

Meanwhile, pending home sales in February dropped 4% and another 1.2% in March. It was the fifth consecutive month of sagging home sales.

The average interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages conforming to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac limits with 20% down jumped to 5.37% last week, the highest since August 2009. In December 2020, mortgage rates were below 3%.

Between surging mortgage rates and inflated housing prices, more and more buyers are being squeezed out of the market. The MBA report projected continued falling home sales in the months ahead.

The drop in purchase applications was evident across all loan types. Prospective home buyers have pulled back this spring, as they continue to face limited options of homes for sale along with higher costs from increasing mortgage rates and prices. The recent decrease in purchase applications is an indication of potential weakness in home sales in the coming months.”

WolfStreet broke down some numbers to show just how much housing costs have skyrocketed in the last year.

The mortgage on a home purchased a year ago at the median price (per National Association of Realtors) of $326,300, and financed with 20% down over 30 years, at the average rate at the time of 3.17%, came with a payment of 1,320 per month. The mortgage on a home purchased today at the median price of $375,300, and financed with 20% down, at 5.37% comes with a payment of $1,990.”

In other words, buying the same house today will cost you $670 per month more than it did if you bought it last year. That represents a 50% jump in mortgage payments for the same home. This is another example of how CPI understates actual increases in prices.

The Federal Reserve blew up this housing bubble when it artificially suppressed interest rates and bought billions of dollars in mortgage-backed securities. Now the central bank has pricked the bubble by allowing rates to rise ever-so-slightly.

What the Fed giveth, the Fed taketh away.

Looking at the chart, you can see that mortgage rates began to fall in late 2018 as the economy tanked and the Federal Reserve ended its post-2008 rate hike cycle. Rates continued to fall as the Fed pivoted back to quantitative easing and then dropped through the floor with the rate cuts and QE infinity in response to the coronavirus. The big spike in mortgage rates started as the Fed began talking up monetary tightening to tackle raging inflation.

A housing market bust will reverberate through the economy as rising housing prices squeeze Americans already struggling to make ends meet with CPI well over 8%.

Rising mortgage rates also shut off a potential source of cash for millions of Americans. When rates drop, people often refinance their mortgages. But as Peter Schiff pointed out in a recent podcast, rising rates have already squeezed virtually everybody out of the refi market.

There’s nobody who can now refinance their mortgage into a lower rate because everybody’s got a better rate than what they can get now. And that refi lifeline has been a major lifeline for the economy because it’s given households a source of income.”

Refinancing not only provides a lump sum of cash to spend but also lowers mortgage payments, taking some strain off the monthly budget.

There was a wave of refinancing in 2019 after the Fed’s monetary U-turn started pushing mortgage rates lower. But over the last several months, the refi market has collapsed. Mortgage refinances have dropped 70% from a year ago and 80% from the peak in March 2020. That means we no longer have mortgage refinancing to support consumer spending.

The impact of rising rates and falling home sales are already rippling through the mortgage industry. Last week, Wells Fargo, one of the largest mortgage lenders in the US, announced layoffs. Other lenders have trimmed staff as well, including Softbank-backed mortgage “tech” startup Better.com, PennyMac Financial Services, Movement Mortgage and Winnpointe Corp.

As WolfStreet put it, “that boom is over.”

And the Fed has just now begun to push up interest rates, way too little and way too late, but it is finally plodding forward in order to deal with this rampant four-decade high inflation, after 13 years of rampant money-printing – an inflation of the magnitude the majority of Americans has never seen before.”

2.LAWRIE WILLIAMS//,//Egon von Greyerz///Matthew Piepenburg via GoldSwitzerland.com, James  RICKARDS/

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3. Chris Powell of GATA provides to us very important physical commentaries

‘Gold Matters’ — The timely new book from Egon von Greyerz and Matthew Piepenburg

Submitted by admin on Wed, 2022-05-04 21:46Section: Daily Dispatches

By Egon von Greyerz
Matterhorn Asset Management, Zurich
Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Matterhorn Asset Management principals Egon von Greyerz and Matthew Piepenburg are pleased to announce the release of their co-authored book, “Gold Matters,” in e-Book and paperback versions at Amazon here:

The book includes a foreword by Grant Williams and Ronni Stoeferle.

For our newsletter followers, please know that the e-Book will be available at just $1.99 for a limited promotional-period. We are confident that “Gold Matters” encapsulates the core themes of our consistent message for owning physical gold.

In the first week of the book’s release, we would greatly appreciate your feedback (as well as Amazon book reviews, made here —

— on what we hope will become a leading work in precious metals investing.

“Gold Matters” is a much-needed examination of gold as a timeless wealth preservation asset in a modern setting of unprecedented financial risk. Never before have financial systems been stretched this dangerously thin. Never before have investors faced a future of such epic change demanding immediate solutions. …

… For the remainder of the commentary:

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4.OTHER GOLD/SILVER COMMENTARIES

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5.OTHER COMMODITIES //FERTILIZER

World’s Largest Fertilizer Company Warns Crop Nutrient Disruptions Through 2023 

THURSDAY, MAY 05, 2022 – 04:15 AM

The world’s largest fertilizer company warned supply disruptions could extend into 2023. A bulk of the world’s supply has been taken offline due to the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. This has sparked soaring prices and shortages of crop nutrients in top growing areas worldwide; an early indication of a global food crisis could be in the beginning innings. 

Bloomberg reports Canada-based Nutrien Ltd.’s CEO Ken Seitz told investors on Tuesday during a conference call that he expects to increase potash production following supply disruptions in Russia and Ukraine (both major fertilizer suppliers). Seitz expects disruptions “could last well beyond 2022.” 

Seitz said the conflict plus Western sanctions on Russia and Belarus has reduced fertilizer supply on global markets and could reshape crop nutrient trade, thus creating even more supply uncertainty. 

“Could there be a change in global trade patterns as a result? We think that’s a possibility,” he said. 

Fertilizer disruptions could be a multi-year event. Already, farmers worldwide are reducing fertilizers, which may threaten yields come harvest time. The repercussions could be huge: Lower yields may exacerbate the food crisis. 

Here are the latest signs commercial farmers worldwide are reducing fertilizer usage because of higher prices or shortages. 

Revealed last week, SLC Agricola SA, one of Brazil’s largest farming operations, managing fields of soybeans, corn, and cotton fields in an area larger than the state of Delaware, will reduce the use of fertilizer by 20% and 25%

Coffee farmers in Brazil, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Costa Rica, some of the largest coffee-producing countries, are expected to spread less fertilizer because of high costs and shortages. A coffee cooperative representing 1,200 farmers in Costa Rica predicts coffee output could slip 15% next year because of soaring fertilizer costs. 

The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) warned a reduction in fertilizer use would shrink yields of rice and corn come harvest time. Farmers in China, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Vietnam — the largest rice-producing countries — are spreading less fertilizer, and may result in a 10% reduction in output, equating to about 36 million tons of rice, or enough food to feed a half billion people.

Fertilizer prices in North America have surged hundreds of percent since the summer of 2020. 

“Maybe it will be a two-year problem and even then it will take two to four years after that for the deficit to catch up,” The Mosaic Company’s CEO Joc O’Rourke told investors during a call on Tuesday. Mosaic is a top fertilizer company in the US

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Looks like there is going to be more turmoi in the commodity field

(zerohedge) 

Jamie Dimon Warns Turmoil In Commodity Market Could Get “Much Worse”

THURSDAY, MAY 05, 2022 – 07:00 AM

Like the old saying goes: Hindsight is 20/20. That’s especially true for financial markets and the Federal Reserve. So, while investors wait to see whether the Fed will signal the possibility of a 75 bp rate hike at its next meeting, JPM CEO Jamie Dimon is telling Bloomberg (and its audience) that investors should take a deep breath and trust the Fed, while acknowledging that there’s “a chance” of a policy mistake that could trigger a punishing recession.

On that front, Dimon told Bloomberg during a recent interview that the Fed should have moved more quickly to raise interest rates as inflation rattles the world economy. His comments echoed those made by Ken Griffin during his recent appearance at the Milken conference in LA.

“We’re a little late,” Dimon said. “The sooner they move the better.”

He added that “we have a very strong US economy” and that “businesses are in very good shape.” While the Fed is “a little late”, Dimon said that the “sooner they move, the better”.

“If they can, they are going to need to slow down the economy enough so that 8% starts to come down over time,” Dimon said.

While Dimon said he isn’t a “betting man,” he believes there’s roughly a one-third chance of a “soft landing”, and a one-third chance that the Fed sends the US economy into a “mild recession” – although there’s a chance that a recession could be “much harder than that”.

Asked if he’s afraid of a Fed policy mistake, Dimon insisted that he’s “not afraid of the Fed”, before launching into a diatribe about the importance of “rational, thoughtful” fiscal policy (something he has been preaching about for years).

In addition to a 50bp hike at the close of its latest policy meeting on Wednesday, it’s widely expected that the central bank will announce the start of its balance sheet tapering. 

But before investors get too critical, Dimon said they should “take a deep breath” and give the Fed a chance.

But an even bigger risk than the Fed’s rate hike plans is the war in Ukraine, which could take years to play out.

“Global energy is precarious,” he said. “If oil goes to $185 that’s a huge problem for people and we should do everything we can today. We need to pump more oil and gas.”

He said the US government should be more focused on national security, including its energy and food resources.

“The Cold War is back,” Dimon said, who was speaking from the bank’s 2022 CEO Forum. “National security is always the most important thing.”

But the interview with BBG wasn’t Dimon’s only interview on Wednesday. He also gave an interview to the Irish Times, which focused more on the war in Ukraine and its impact on international commodity markets (particularly energy).

“And then you’ve got Ukraine. First and foremost, our hearts go out to the Ukrainian people because of the humanitarian crisis. But it’s a war and we don’t know how it’s going to end. It could get worse. The sanctions could get worse. It’s causing complete turmoil in commodity markets around the world and that could get much worse. That’s what we have to be prepared for.”

He added that the turmoil in international commodity markets could get “much worse” if the war in Ukraine drags on. Because of this, Dimon said the “global energy is precarious” and added that “if oil goes to $185 that’s a huge problem for people and we should do everything we can today. We need to pump more oil and gas.”

Meanwhile, on top of warning about the global risks posed by the war in Ukraine, Dimon also said the “Cold War is back” and that “national security is always the most important thing.”

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Wait until real food inflation prices hit this fall. The shock will not be just at the gas pumps.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/biden-cynically-uses-ukraine-cover-food-sabotage/5778694

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Robert
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7. GOLD/ TRADING

Your early  currency/gold and silver pricing/Asian and European bourse movements/ and interest rate settings THURSDAY morning 7:30 AM

ONSHORE YUAN: CLOSED DOWN 6.6200

OFFSHORE YUAN: 6.6525

HANG SANG CLOSED  DOWN 76.12 OR 0.36%

2. Nikkei closed 

3. Europe stocks  ALL CLOSED  ALL GREEN

USA dollar INDEX  UP TO  103.16/Euro RISES TO 1.0580

3b Japan 10 YR bond yield: RISES TO. +.224/ !!!!(Japan buying 100% of bond issuance)/Japanese yen vs usa cross now at 129,78/JAPANESE FALLING APART WITH YEN FALTERING AS WELL AS LONG TERM YIELDS RISING BREAKING THE JAPANESE CENTRAL BANK.

3c Nikkei now  ABOVE 17,000

3d USA/Yen rate now well below the important 120 barrier this morning

3e Gold UP /JAPANESE Yen UP CHINESE YUAN:   UP -SHORE CLOSED DOWN//  OFF- SHORE  UP

3f Japan is to buy the equivalent of 108 billion uSA dollars worth of bond per month or $1.3 trillion. Japan’s GDP equals 5 trillion usa./“HELICOPTER MONEY” OFF THE TABLE FOR NOW /REVERSE OPERATION TWIST ON THE BONDS: PURCHASE OF LONG BONDS AND SELLING THE SHORT END

Japan to buy 100% of all new Japanese debt and by 2018 they will have 25% of all Japanese debt. Fifty percent of Japanese budget financed with debt.

3g Oil UP for WTI and UP FOR Brent this morning

3h European bond buying continues to push yields lower on all fronts in the EMU. German 10yr bund RISES TO +.0.944%/Italian 10 Yr bond yield RISES to 2.88% /SPAIN 10 YR BOND YIELD RISES TO 2.01%…ITALIAN 10 YR BOND YIELD/GERMAN BUND: 1.91: DANGEROUS FOR THE ITALIAN BANKING SYSTEM

3i Greek 10 year bond yield RISES TO : 3.43

3j Gold at $1897.90 silver at: 22.99  7 am est) SILVER NEXT RESISTANCE LEVEL AT $30.00

3k USA vs Russian rouble;// Russian rouble UP  .23      roubles/dollar; ROUBLE AT 66.07

3m oil into the 108 dollar handle for WTI and  111 handle for Brent/

3n Higher foreign deposits out of China sees huge risk of outflows and a currency depreciation. This can spell financial disaster for the rest of the world/

JAPAN ON JAN 29.2016 INITIATES NIRP. THIS MORNING THEY SIGNAL THEY MAY END NIRP. TODAY THE USA/YEN TRADES TO 129.78 DESTROYING JAPANESE CITIZENS WITH HIGHER FOOD INFLATION

30 SNB (Swiss National Bank) still intervening again in the markets driving down the FRANC. It is not working: USA/SF this morning .9778– as the Swiss Franc is still rising against most currencies. Euro vs SF 1.0345well above the floor set by the Swiss Finance Minister. Thomas Jordan, chief of the Swiss National Bank continues to purchase euros trying to lower value of the Swiss Franc.

USA 10 YR BOND YIELD: 2.942 UP 3 BASIS PTS

USA 30 YR BOND YIELD: 3.018 UP 2 BASIS PTS

USA DOLLAR VS TURKISH LIRA: 14.86

Futures Slip As Traders Read Between Powell’s Lines

THURSDAY, MAY 05, 2022 – 08:13 AM

After yesterday’s torrid, Powell-inspired meltup which saw the S&P soar the most since May 2020 (just days after its biggest drop since June 2020)…

… U.S. futures paused their surge after Jerome Powell eased fears that the Federal Reserve will unleash an even more aggressive tightening path and took a 75bps rate hike off the table. As of 745am EDT, S&P 500 futures dropped 0.6%, while Nasdaq 100 contracts fell 0.8%, as investors digested Powell’s vow to curb inflation, while acknowledging it could inflict some “pain” to the economy. In fact, an example of just what the Fed is fearing came earlier today when the BOE hiked 25bps as expected, but warned a stagflationary recession is be imminent as the central bank now expects GDP to contract while inflation rises double digits in the coming months, which is precisely what happens when central banks are far behind the curve. 

In other assets, the dollar jumped to session highs as cable tumbled to July 2020 lows, 10Y yields were flat around 2.95 while bitcoin traded off yesterday’s highs between 39K and 40K.

“Alongside tightening monetary policy, a number of risks – persistently high inflation, indications that consumer demand is softening, and the economic consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine – have raised investors’ concerns about the strength of future economic growth,” said Richard Flynn, U.K. managing director at Charles Schwab. “In this context, market volatility is likely to continue.”

For those who missed yesterday’s white knuckle session, the US central bank raised the benchmark rate by a half percentage point on Wednesday, the steepest increment since 2000, in order to keep inflation under control. By ruling out a more aggressive hike, the central bank gave a boost to equity markets, with the S&P 500 posting its biggest daily advance since 2020. The Nasdaq 100 closed 3.4% higher, but is still down 17% this year.

We are puzzled why the market thinks that Fed hikes are going to stop inflation,” said Nancy Davis, founder of Quadratic Capital Management. “We see inflation as driven by massive government spending, supply chain disruptions and, more recently, by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.”

Sure, the Fed is powerless to do anything against inflation, but it has to do something. Policy makers are trying to juggle the need to quell the fastest inflation in four decades against hard-won economic growth. In Europe, German factory orders plummeted, highlighting the toll from the war. The soaring price of commodities further complicates efforts to subdue price pressures.

“The combination of high inflation and a weakening global economic outlook has fueled concerns about how far central banks will be able to raise interest rates without overburdening the economy,” Fraser Lundie, head of public fixed income markets at Federated Hermes, wrote in a note to clients.

In premarket trading, EBay plunged 6.9% as analysts said macro headwinds, including the war in Ukraine, inflation and consumer confidence, will pressure results in the near term. The e-commerce firm gave a lackluster sales and profit outlook for the second  quarter, as a pandemic-driven sales bump fades. U.S.-listed Chinese stocks dropped again as investors mulled an expanding list of firms that face potential security delistings and the Federal Reserve’s rate decision. JD.com (JD US) shares trade down 2.8%, Pinduoduo (PDD US) -3.5% and Bilibili (BILI US)  -5% in premarket. Some other notable premarket movers:

  • Albemarle (ALB US) shares jump 14% in premarket trading after the company boosted its profit and sales guidance for the full year, citing continued strength in pricing in the Lithium and Bromine businesses. .
  • Hycroft Mining (HYMC US) shares surge as much as 36% in U.S. premarket trading after the precious metals producer gave an update for the first quarter, with the firm saying that its strengthened balance sheet allows it to cut debt, complete technical studies and launch an exploration program.
  • Qorvo (QRVO US) analysts said that guidance from the radio frequency solutions fell short of expectations amid weakness in China and high inventory, prompting price target cuts among brokers. Qorvo shares fell 4.9% in postmarket trading on Wednesday after forecasting adjusted earnings per share for the first quarter that missed the average analyst estimate.
  • Booking Holdings (BKNG US) impressed analysts with April bookings topping 2019 levels and positive comments on summer travel. The shares rose 7.7% in postmarket trading after the company’s first-quarter revenue and gross bookings both beat the average analyst estimate.
  • Twilio (TWLO US) analysts highlighted the gross margin performance and reiteration of guidance as encouraging points in the communication-software provider’s results, though some were left wanting more from the firm’s revenue beat. The shares rose 3.8% in after-hours trading Wednesday after adjusted earnings per share for the first quarter beat the average analyst estimate.
  • Fortinet (FTNT US) analysts lauded the infrastructure software company’s solid quarter in light of continued supply chain pressures. The company’s shares rose 7% in extended trading on Wednesday after it reported first-quarter results and raised its full-year forecast.
  • Etsy (ETSY US) analysts were overall positive on the e-commerce firm’s results, though noted that challenges relating to the macroeonomic backdrop and the reopening of economies weighed on the company’s outlook. Etsy shares fell 10% in postmarket trading Wednesday after its forecast for second-quarter revenue fell short of the average analyst estimate.

In Europe, the Stoxx 600 was up 1% after rising as much as 1.8%. FTSE 100 up 1.1%, and DAX +1.4%, with most indexes well off session highs. Tech, real estate and industrials were the strongest performing sectors, autos and insurance underperform as gains are faded. Positive results from large caps including Airbus SE, Shell Plc, UniCredit SpA and ArcelorMittal SA also helped brighten the mood. Some notable European movers:

  • Airbus jumps as much as 8.5% on a “solid” 1Q, with adjusted Ebit “significantly” above consensus, Bernstein says, with Jefferies noting key highlight is plan to ramp up A320 production.
  • Shell shares rise as much as 3.6% after company reports record profit for the quarter. Jefferies said the results signaled “strong” second-half buyback acceleration.
  • UniCredit jumps as much as 7.6%, the most intraday since March 29, after reporting revenue for the first quarter that beat estimates. Analysts note “solid” earnings ex-Russia.
  • S4 Capital shares soared as much as 20% on Thursday after Martin Sorrell’s media company said it will publish its results for last year tomorrow, following a lengthy delay.
  • Outokumpu shares rise as much as 9.3% after the Finnish steel maker presented its latest earnings, which included several beats to consensus estimates, including on adjusted Ebitda.
  • Argenx shares rise as much as 6.7% after the Belgian immunology firm posted its latest earnings, which included a large beat on sales for its key drug Vyvgart (efgartigimod).
  • Netcompany shares rise as much as 6.1%, the most intraday in a month, after the software developer reported 1Q earnings that are broadly in line with estimates.
  • Verbund dropped the most in two months after the Austrian Chancellor said he’s asked the finance and economy ministries to develop new rules to administer windfall profits at state-controlled companies.
  • Virgin Money shares slide as much as 6.7% after the lender reported first-half results. Goodbody linked the share price drop to several factors, including the bank not announcing a buyback.
  • Hikma Pharmaceuticals fell as much as 11%, the most since April 2020, after the company reduced guidance for its generics division. Peel Hunt calls update “obviously disappointing.”

Earlier in the session, Asia’s stock benchmark rose, poised to snap a three-day decline, as the Federal Reserve’s policy announcement calmed fears about super-sized hikes. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index climbed as much as 1.2% before paring gains to around 0.4%. Tech and materials were the biggest boosts to the Asia gauge as most sectors rose, with TSMC and Infosys hauling up the measure. Bucking the trend, China’s stock gauge closed lower after a three-day holiday in a sign that Beijing’s vow to boost growth has failed to alleviate concerns over the outlook.  The Fed delivered a 50-basis-point increase that was in line with expectations on Wednesday, and said a bigger hike was not being actively considered. Benchmarks in the Philippines and Vietnam were among the top gainers in the region. Japan and South Korea markets were closed for holidays.  Tech stocks will likely “see a further rally until the next U.S. consumer price inflation reading next week,” said Jessica Amir, a market strategist at Saxo Capital Markets Australia. “The rate hikes weren’t as much as feared,” bond yields have pared and volatility is subsiding, she added. The rally marked a reprieve for Asia’s beaten-down shares, which remain mired in a bear market. The regional benchmark is underperforming U.S. and European peers this year, hurt by the impact of China’s strict Covid-19 restrictions and rising inflation around the region.

In FX, the Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index jumped as cable tumbled on the BOE’s recession warning, clawing back some of its post-FOMC losses when Powell ruled out a more aggressive pace of monetary tightening. The greenback traded higher against all of its Group-of-10 peers and the Treasury yield curve bear-flattened, trimming some of Wednesday’s aggressive bull steepening which followed the FOMC outcome. The euro fell back below $1.06 and yields on short-dated European bonds fell as ECB hike bets were pared. German factory orders plummeted, highlighting the toll from the war. The pound plunged after the Bank of England warned of a stagflationary recession even as it hiked another 25bps. Norway’s krone held a loss after the central bank kept its key policy unchanged, as widely expected among analysts, and confirmed its plan to deliver a fourth increase in borrowing costs next month. Australia’s dollar pared yesterday’s gains; weaker-than- expected Chinese economic data raised concerns over demand for the nation’s commodity exports and weighed on the Australia’s sovereign bond yields.

China’s yuan dropped as weak economic data hit sentiment. The USD/CNH rose 0.4% to 6.6489; USD/CNY gains 0.2% to 6.6194 after China’s services activity slumped to its weakest level in more than two years in April as Covid outbreaks and lockdowns continued to pummel consumer spending and threaten economic growth. The Caixin China Services purchasing managers’ index crashed to 36.2 in April, the lowest since February 2020, as Covid outbreaks and lockdowns continued to pummel consumer spending, threatening economic growth.

In rates, the Treasury front-end briefly extends losses, following move in gilts after Bank of England hiked 25bp with three voters looking for a bigger 50bp move. U.S. 10-year yields traded around 2.95%, little changed after retreating from day’s high; gilts outperform. Yields cheapened as much as 6bp across front-end of the curve before retreating; U.K. 2-year yields erased the 3bp increase that followed the Bank of England policy announcement; front-end led losses flatten 2s10s, 5s30s spreads by ~2bp and ~4bp on the day.  Bear-flattening move has 5s30s spread near session lows into early U.S. session, unwinding portion of Wednesday’s post-Fed bull-steepening. Fed speakers resume Friday with six events slated.

In the aftermath of Wednesday’s policy announcement, overnight swaps are now pricing in close to 50bp rate hikes at the next three policy meetings. Dollar issuance slate empty so far; session has potential to be busy given a number of expected issuers have so far stood down this week. Three-month dollar Libor dropped -3.54bp at 1.37071%, its first decline since April 5.

Looking at today’s calendar, we get the BoE policy decision (a hike of 25bps as noted earlier, but accompanied by a very dovish warning of recession in late 2022) and UK local elections. Otherwise from central banks, we’ll hear from the ECB’s Lane, Holzmann and Centeno. Data releases include the weekly initial jobless claims from the US and nonfarm productivity. Finally, earnings releases today include Shell.

Market Snapshot

  • S&P 500 futures down 0.7% to 4,267.00
  • MXAP up 0.4% to 167.94
  • MXAPJ up 0.4% to 556.06
  • Nikkei down 0.1% to 26,818.53
  • Topix little changed at 1,898.35
  • Hang Seng Index down 0.4% to 20,793.40
  • Shanghai Composite up 0.7% to 3,067.76
  • Sensex up 0.3% to 55,834.32
  • Australia S&P/ASX 200 up 0.8% to 7,364.65
  • Kospi down 0.1% to 2,677.57
  • STOXX Europe 600 up 1.2% to 446.50
  • Brent Futures up 0.4% to $110.56/bbl
  • Gold spot up 0.5% to $1,890.84
  • U.S. Dollar Index up 0.34% to 102.94
  • German 10Y yield little changed at 1.01%
  • Euro down 0.3% to $1.0587

Top Overnight NEws from Bloomberg

  • ECB Executive Board member Fabio Panetta said economic expansion has almost ground to a halt in the euro area and faces further “high costs” as policy makers battle record inflation
  • On the eve of the 25th anniversary of its independence, the U.K. central bank is widely expected to hike interest rates to 1% — the highest since the financial crisis — and lay out how it intends to take uncharted steps toward unwinding more than a decade of bond purchases
  • U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will meet his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida in London where they are expected to discuss a plan to support Asian nations in diversifying away from Russian oil and gas
  • Boris Johnson has been engulfed by scandal for months and came close to being ousted by members of his Conservative Party. On Thursday, voters across the U.K. are likely to give him their own kicking. Local election results typically deliver losses for ruling parties, especially if they’ve been in power for 12 years as the Tories have
  • The Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s Monetary Policy Committee will return to a full complement of seven for the first time this year when it meets later this month. Assistant Governor Karen Silk joins the RBNZ on May 16 and will be an internal member of the committee from that date
  • The dollar fell Wednesday by the most in nearly a month on a trade-weighted basis following the latest Federal Reserve policy decision yet pairs some of those losses as the move was more down to short-term positioning

A more detailed breakdown of global markets courtesy of Newsquawk

Asia-Pac stocks traded positively as the region reacted to the FOMC meeting where the Fed hiked rates by 50bps as expected and announced to begin reducing the balance sheet from next month, while Fed Chair Powell dispelled concerns of a more aggressive  75bps rate hike. ASX 200 was firmer with gold miners buoyed by higher prices and as the energy sector benefitted from the proposed Russian oil embargo. Hang Seng and Shanghai Comp were higher following the mainland’s return from the Labour Day holidays but with advances initially contained by several headwinds including an extension of COVID restrictions in Beijing, the deterioration in Caixin Services and Composite PMIs, while the US SEC added over 80 companies to its list for possible delisting and HKMA also hiked its base rate by 50bps in lockstep with the Fed.

Top Asian News

  • Concerns Mount Over Asset Sales; Stocks Fall: Evergrande Update
  • S&P 500 Remains Expensive Despite Yield-Driven Drop: Macro View
  • North Korea Lifts Sweeping Lockdown After One Day, Yonhap Says
  • India’s Surprise Rate Hike Spurs Aggressive Tightening Bets

European bourses are firmer across the board, Euro Stoxx 50 +1.3%, benefitting from the perceived less-hawkish Fed and associated Wall St./APAC performance. Stateside, futures are softer across the board though the likes of the ES remain in relative proximity to overnight best levels, ES -0.5%. Back to Europe, sectors are mostly positive with Real Estate and Tech the outperformers while defensive-biased names are lagging.

Top European News

  • UniCredit Takes $2 Billion Hit on Russia to Cover Potential Exit
  • U.K. April Composite PMI 58.2 vs Flash Reading 57.6
  • BMW Profit Beats Estimates on Strong Demand for Top-End Cars
  • Norway Rate Hike Locked and Loaded for June to Quell Inflation

FX:

  • Dollar finds its feet after FOMC fall out on less hawkish than factored in policy guidance from Fed chair Powell, DXY back within reach of 103.000 vs 102.340 low.
  • Aussie* undermined by much weaker than forecast building approvals, mixed trade, technical and psychological resistance; AUD/USD closer to 0.7200 than 0.7250 and AUD/NZD fades just shy of 1.1100.
  • Sterling weak on super BoE Thursday on prospects that MPC may be more circumspect after latest 25 bp hike; Cable down around 1.2550 vs 1.2635 peak and EUR/GBP firm on 0.8400 handle.
  • Euro underpinned by rebound in EGB yields and option expiries as 1.8 bn rolls off 1.0600.
  • Loonie cushioned by crude alongside Norwegian Crown after no change in rates by Norges Bank that is sticking to schedule for next quarter point hike in June; USD/CAD mostly sub-1.2750 and EUR/NOK capped below 9.9000.
  • Turkish Lira deflated as CPI soars even further beyond target and PPI over 100%.
  • Polish Zloty awaits 100 bp hike from NBP and Czech Koruna 50 bp courtesy of CNB.
  • Brazil’s Central Bank raised the Selic rate by 100bps to 12.75%, as expected, while it left the door open to further monetary tightening at a slower pace and considered it appropriate to advance the process of monetary tightening significantly into even more restrictive territory. BCB also stated that inflationary pressures arising from the pandemic period have intensified due to problems related to the new COVID-19 wave in China and the Ukraine war, according to Reuters.
  • Norges Bank: Key Policy Rate 0.75% (exp. 0.75%, prev. 0.75%). Reiterates that the next hike will “most likely” occur in June. Adds, the Krone has recently depreciated and is now weaker than projected.

Fixed Income

  • Very volatile moves in bonds between the FOMC, BoE and NFP, with Treasuries flipping from bull-to-bear steepening.
  • 10 year note soft within wide 119-09+/118-19+ range, Bunds flat between 153.79-152.74 parameters and Gilts firm in catch-up trade either side of 118.00.
  • Bonos and Oats off best levels after digesting Spanish and French multi-tranche debt issuance

Commodities

  • WTI and Brent have been pivoting relatively narrow ranges ahead of today’s JMMC/OPEC+ gatherings, currently posting gains of USD 0.30/bbl.
  • OPEC+ is expected to maintain its policy of increase the output quota by 432k BPD in June, lifted from the 400k BPD in May as part of the pacts terms; newsquawk preview here.
  • Spot gold is bid but lost the USD 1900/oz mark in early-European trade, a figure it has spent the morning modestly below.
  • Norway’s labour unions said initial wage talks with oil firms broke down and they will proceed with mediation, according to Reuters.

Crypto

  • Bitcoin is subdued and returned to existing session lows of USD 39.4k amid coverage of the below WSJ story; more broadly, Bitcoin has been steady at the lower-end of the morning’s ranges.
  • US Senators Warren and Smith have sent a letter to Fidelity over its Bitcoin 401(k) plan which would allow investors to allocate as much as 20% of their portfolios into Bitcoin, according to WSJ; senators suggest that Bitcoin could be too risky for savers.

US Event Calendar

  • 08:30: 1Q Unit Labor Costs, est. 10.0%, prior 0.9%
  • 08:30: 1Q Nonfarm Productivity, est. -5.3%, prior 6.6%
  • 08:30: April Continuing Claims, est. 1.4m, prior 1.41m
  • 08:30: April Initial Jobless Claims, est. 180,000, prior 180,000

DB’s Jim Reid concludes the overnight wrap

I’m normally asleep at around 945pm each evening but tense football games often disturb that equilibrium and last night was the ultimate sleep disrupter. I was just about to close down my iPad in bed and fall asleep as Man City we’re two goals ahead in injury time in the Champions League semi. I stayed the extra minute and in that minute Real Madrid scored twice, took the game into extra time and ultimately won a stunning tie. I finally turned my iPad off 10 minutes before the end but couldn’t sleep so turned it on again after they won. Liverpool vs Real Madrid will be an epic final! So all in all a hectic evening trying to watch the Fed while my wife and I watched Ozark (stressful in its own right) and then the football. I’m worn out this morning.

So after all that, the Fed intentionally or unintentionally decided that the market has had enough stress for now and clamped down on the more hawkish potential near-term paths for policy. As a result equities soared, yields fell (especially at the front-end), credit tightened, the dollar slumped and oil built on its earlier rally.

Let’s very briefly get the boring bit out of the way in a line or two. Basically the FOMC rose rates by +50bps and signalled they would begin to reduce the size of their balance sheet in June, both in line with our expectations (Our full US econ review is here).

However the most pressing question for markets was how willing the Committee was to consider future rate increases of +75bps. Market participants didn’t have to wait long for an answer, as Chair Powell quickly noted that +75bp hikes were not actively being considered, while +50bp hikes were on the table for the “next couple” of meetings. In line, market pricing for the next two meetings ended the day at +100bps, having stripped out any of the small, but recently growing, premium priced in for +75bps over the June and July meetings. The firm rebuke led to a rally in Treasury yields, led by the short-end, as 2yr yields fell -14.0bps, while 10yr yields were a relatively benign -3.7bps by comparison. The move in nominal 10yrs again masked divergence in the decomposition driven by the market’s dovish interpretation, with breakevens widening +4.9bps to 2.88%, while real yields fell -8.6bps, still managing to finish the day in positive territory at 0.05% though.

Elsewhere in the presser, the Chair made multiple mentions of the Committee’s intention to “expeditiously” get policy towards more neutral levels given the monumental inflation-fighting task at hand. He demurred when asked if policy would ultimately need to reach a restrictive rather than just neutral stance, but did not rule it out. He still maintained hope that the Fed could engineer a soft landing after this hiking cycle, but to be fair, it is hard to imagine him saying anything else. He cited strong household and consumer balance sheets as reasons for why the economy could withstand the hiking cycle, when indeed, that very strength when inflation is at multi-decade highs is why policy will probably need to reach restrictive levels not currently appreciated by market pricing. In my opinion the Fed can control the near-term market expectations but beyond that it is all about the inflation data. If it doesn’t improve then 50bps will be live at every meeting and not just the “next couple”, and 75bps risks will be back on the table. This is all for another day though.

When all was said and done, the market took -11.7bps out of policy tightening during 2022, with futures implying fed funds hitting 2.77% after the December meeting. Futures are still implying that the Fed will hit its terminal rates sometime in the third quarter next year, but that rate was around -18bps lower following the meeting at 3.24%.

Indeed the breathing space given by the removal of the price hike premiums sent US equities on a tear. Little changed heading into the meeting, the S&P 500 ended the day +2.99% higher, its largest one-day gain since May 2020. Every sector ended in the green, with a full 477 companies posting gains, the most since February. The gains were broad-based, with every sector but real estate (+1.09%) gaining at least 2%, though energy (+4.12%), communications (+3.68%) and tech (+3.51%) were the standouts. In line, the NASDAQ (+3.19%) and FANG+ index (+3.40%) outperformed, on the drop in discount rates.

In Asia, mainland Chinese stocks returned following a few days of holidays and are in positive territory with the Shanghai Composite (+0.95%) and CSI (+0.28%) higher. Meanwhile, the Hang Seng (+0.76%) is trading up, but paring its early morning gains. Elsewhere, the S&P/ASX 200 (+0.67%) is climbing while the Japanese and Korean markets are closed for public holidays. Outside of Asia, contracts on the S&P 500 (-0.08%) and NASDAQ 100 (-0.07%) are fractionally lower. Stoxx 50 futures are +2.4% due to a post Fed catch-up effect.

Early morning data showed that China’s services sector activity contracted further in April as the Caixin services PMI tumbled to 36.2, its lowest level since the initial onset of the pandemic in February 2020 and compared to March’s reading of 42.

Back now to life pre the Fed. Earlier we had seen sovereign bonds sell off in Europe, with yields on 10yr bunds marginally up +0.7bps to 0.97%, having regularly traded above the 1% mark during the session. Those moves were echoed across the continent and there was a further widening in peripheral spreads, with the gap between Italian 10yr yields over bunds widening by +6.7bps to 198bps. That’s their 11th consecutive move wider, and takes the spread to its highest closing level in almost two years. We’ve also seen a similar move with the Spanish spread, which is at its highest in nearly two years as well, at 109bps. It is likely we’ll get a decent reversal this morning though.

That selloff in sovereign bonds came as oil prices reversed their declines so far this week, with Brent Crude up +4.93% to $110.14/bbl after EU President Von der Leyen proposed a ban on Russian oil in the latest sanctions package. Von der Leyen said this would be done “in an orderly fashion”, with the proposal seeing Russian crude oil phased out within 6 months, and refined products by year-end. Nevertheless, Hungary’s foreign minister said that “In its current form the Brussels sanctions package cannot be supported”, which risks holding up the package since it has to have unanimous agreement among the 27 member states. Bloomberg reported people familiar with the matter saying that Hungary and Slovakia would be granted a longer period until the end of 2023 to enforce the sanctions. Although energy stocks benefited from the rise in prices yesterday, they were mostly the exception in Europe, where the broader STOXX 600 underwent a larger -1.08% decline. This morning, Brent crude (+0.43%) is extending its gains.

Looking forward now, central banks will remain on the agenda today as well, with the Bank of England decision at mid-day where the consensus and market pricing are expecting a 25bps hike, which would take Bank Rate up to its highest level since the GFC, at 1%. In his preview (link here), our UK economist is in line with this, and expects the core message from the MPC to remain similar to March, highlighting the uncomfortable and intensifying trade-off between growth and inflation. He’s also expecting that the MPC will confirm its intension to start selling gilts, but doesn’t think we’ll get the details until August, with sales commencing early September.

Staying on the UK, we’ve got local elections taking place today as well that’ll be an important mid-term milestone for both the government and opposition, and our UK economists have put together a preview (link here). Last year the Conservatives had a very good set of results as the economy reopened amidst the vaccine rollout. But whereas they were 9 points ahead of Labour in the polls a year ago, they’re now 6 points behind them according to Politico’s average, so it’s a very different context. However, given most of the seats up for grabs today were last fought in 2018 when the Conservatives and Labour were roughly level in the polls during Theresa May’s premiership, the scale of Conservative losses may not be as big as the polling swing over the last 12 months would otherwise imply. One important contest to watch out for will be the Assembly elections in Northern Ireland, where the Irish nationalist Sinn Féin party are leading in the polls, and could become the largest party for the first time since Irish partition in the 1920s. Politico’s poll of polls puts Sinn Féin on 26%, ahead of the unionist DUP on 19%.

On the data side yesterday, we saw the ADP’s report of private payrolls for April, which showed weaker-than-expected growth of 247k in April (vs. 383k expected). That comes ahead of tomorrow’s US jobs report, where our economists are expecting that nonfarm payrolls will have risen by +465k in April. Then there was the ISM services index for April, where the headline felt to 57.1 (vs. 58.5), but the prices paid index rose to a record 84.6. Over in Europe meanwhile, the final composite PMI for the Euro Area in April was in line with the flash reading at 55.8, and March’s retail sales fell by -0.4% (vs. -0.3% expected).

To the day ahead now, and the highlights will include the aforementioned BoE policy decision and UK local elections. Otherwise from central banks, we’ll hear from the ECB’s Lane, Holzmann and Centeno. Data releases include German factory orders and French industrial production for March, the final UK services and composite PMIs for April, and the weekly initial jobless claims from the US. Finally, earnings releases today include Shell.

3. ASIAN AFFAIRS

i)THURSDAY MORNING// WEDNESDAY  NIGHT

SHANGHAI CLOSED UP 20.70 PTS OR .68%   //Hang Sang CLOSED DOWN 76.12 OR 0.36%   /The Nikkei closed          //Australia’s all ordinaires CLOSED UP .98%   /Chinese yuan (ONSHORE) closed  DOWN  TO 6.6200     /Oil UP TO 108.12 dollars per barrel for WTI and UP TO 111.04 for Brent. Stocks in Europe OPENED  ALL GREEN       //  ONSHORE YUAN CLOSED DOWN AGAINST THE DOLLAR AT 6.6200 OFFSHORE YUAN CLOSED UP ON THE DOLLAR AT 6.6525: /ONSHORE YUAN TRADING ABOVE LEVEL OF OFFSHORE YUAN/ONSHORE YUAN  TRADING STRONGER AGAINST US DOLLAR/OFFSHORE STRONGER//

3 a./NORTH KOREA/ SOUTH KOREA

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3B  JAPAN

3c CHINA

CHINA//SHANGHAI/LOCKDOWNS/USA

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4/EUROPEAN AFFAIRS//UK AFFAIRS/EU

EU//PROPOSAL FOR RUSSIAN OIL BAN

This move could dramatically impair Russia’s ability to ship its oil anywhere in the world…

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EU Takes Aim At Russia’s Ability To Insure Oil Transport In ‘Iran-Style’ Sanctions Escalation

THURSDAY, MAY 05, 2022 – 02:45 AM

As part of the new ‘imminent’ sanctions on Russia – to include a phased ban on all Russian oil by the end of the year – it seems the European Union is ready to escalate even further, taking action to and beyond all-encompassing Iran-style sanctions. 

Now it’s mulling going after Russia’s ability to even ship oil on the high seas with a proposed ban on European vessels and companies’ ability to provide services to Russian shipping entities. As Bloomberg is reporting Wednesday, the action would constitute “a move that could dramatically impair Moscow’s ability to ship its oil anywhere in the world.”Image: Greenpeace protesters have literally tried to attack tankers believed carrying Russian oil

If such a ban on Russia’s access to European insurers were enacted, this would leave Russian companies exposed to the tune of multiple billions of dollars every time a single tanker leaves port, given risks like accidents and oil spills can bring with it such a price tag in terms of claims and legal action.

Russian energy companies would then be left with few or no alternatives, writes Bloomberg: “While member states are still wrangling over the terms, it’s a potentially powerful tool because 95% of the world’s tanker liability cover is arranged through a London-based insurance organization called the International Group of P&I Clubs that has to heed European law.”

The report makes direct comparison of such a course of action to a key way that Washington has for years been able to severely limit Iran’s ability to transport of crude, forcing the Islamic Republic to cover its risks directly.

But huge hurdles still remain in terms of inter-EU unity on a Russian oil embargo, given the rise in countries demanding exemptions – led most notably by Hungary and Slovakia. And further erecting major hurdles for European companies is expected to be even more controversial given the ripple effect at home.

The ban would prevent any European entity or individuals from transporting Russian oil anywhere in the world, which will be particularly painful to the economies of smaller Mediterranean countries like Greece, Cyprus and Malta  – which play an outsized role in the European shipping and transport industry.

These countries have reportedly already registered their opposition to such a drastic punitive plan, which they say will only blowback on European companies and their ability to do business.

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5. RUSSIAN AND MIDDLE EASTERN AFFAIRS

RUSSIA/ISRAEL//UKRAINE

This is very sticky!!  The White House is now pressuring Israel to expand military aid to Ukraine.  (It is interesting that during World War ii , it was the Ukrainians that soght out Jews for the German Nazis)

Israel must be careful as they need Russian cooperation with respect to Iran and Syria.

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White House Pressures Israel To Expand Military Aid To Ukraine

WEDNESDAY, MAY 04, 2022 – 10:40 PM

Axios has revealed in a Wednesday report that the Biden administration last week urged Israel to begin giving Ukraine direct military aid. Israel has sought thus far during the Russian invasion to portray itself as neutral, up to this point refusing requests from Ukrainian leadership for Israeli weapons.

However, it was only last month that Israel agreed to send what were perhaps merely symbolic shipments of helmets and bulletproof vests, which were described as for use by first responders, and not Ukraine’s armed forces.Pro-Ukraine demonstrators at Habima Square in Tel Aviv, via AFP

At the moment Ukraine is reportedly seeking Israeli military communications gear and anti-drone systems, according to Axios. Tel Aviv has long sought to be careful about not angering Russia, given the two countries’ interests butt up against each other inside Syria, and relatedly Israel needs Russia’s help on the issue of Iranian influence and expansion in the region.

So far the Israelis are said to be mulling the possibility of only providing nonlethal military aid – as they come under pressure from Washington.

According to details offered in the Axios report, “Israel last week sent Dror Shalom, the head of the political-military bureau at the Ministry of Defense, to Ramstein Air Base in Germany for a U.S.-led meeting on sending weapons to Ukraine.”

US officials communicated understanding of Israel’s delicate position vis-a-vis its Russian relations:

  • The Biden administration made it clear to the Israelis that the U.S. understands its complicated situation with Russia and appreciates what it has done so far in terms of aid to Ukraine, but hopes it could do more in providing military equipment, U.S. and Israeli officials said.
  • This message was delivered during a meeting between White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan and his Israeli counterpart, Eyal Hulata, at the White House last week and in conversations between the Pentagon and the Israeli Ministry of Defense.

Meanwhile, there’s the possibility that Baltic countries in possession of Israeli weapons systems could be given the greenlight to transfer them to Kiev.

The timing of the above revelations could prove further awkward given the report comes amidst a worsening Israel-Russia diplomatic spat, following Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov speculating that Adolf Hitler may have had “Jewish Blood”.

This has led to Israel demanding an official apology and retraction of the statement, which appeared intended by Lavrov to deflect when pressed on why President Putin has repeatedly said Ukraine is in the grip of neo-Nazis when its president Volodymyr Zelensky is himself Jewish. Moscow has so far refused to apologize or have Lavrov walk back the comments which came during an interview with an Italian newspaper.

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Russia’s largest shipper in a race to sell 1/3 of its entire fleet to satisfy Western loans

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Russia’s Largest Shipper Races To Sell Third Of Fleet To Satisfy Western Loans

WEDNESDAY, MAY 04, 2022 – 11:20 PM

Russia’s largest shipping firm is unloading a third of its fleet, in a move to repay loans to western banks and financiers before sanctions come into effect on May 15, according to Lloyd’s List, citing industry sources. 

One industry insider said Sovcomflot is attempting to offload 40 of the 121 vessels it currently owns with buyers in Dubai and China. 

The European Union and the UK have slapped Russia with a series of sanctions — one specifies that all banks must terminate Russian agreements by May 15. This means that Sovcomflot must satisfy all outstanding loans before that date, which has prompted the shipper to sell a third of its fleet. 

“Basically, all banks and charterers have until May 15 to actually terminate the contracts, which means Sovcomflot has a very short window to pay back the loans and realistically, there is only one way it can do that and that is to sell the ships,” said one senior banker currently negotiating terms with Sovcomflot.

Others with direct discussions of the deals said only eight vessels had been sold, with four of them finding buyers in Dubai. There are active conversations with Chinese buyers. 

Lloyd’s List couldn’t figure out how much Sovcomflot owed western banks but said, “the last available consolidated accounts detail $2.1bn of debt, made up of short- and long-term bank loans.” 

Here’s a breakdown of Sovcomflot’s tanker fleet as per Lloyd’s List. 

On top of the May 15 deadline, the EU announced a proposed total ban on Russian oil imports on Wednesday, including the phase-out of Russian crude oil within six months and refined products by the end of the year. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the bloc would wean off Russian oil in “an orderly fashion” (orderly, probably not …).

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RUSSIAN GENERALS/USA INTELLIGENCE

Russia will not be happy with this!

(zerohedge)

US Intelligence Has Helped Kill Multiple Russian Generals In Ukraine

THURSDAY, MAY 05, 2022 – 10:20 AM

Last month Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin bluntly admitted of US policy aims in Ukraine: “we want to see Russia weakened to the degree it cannot do the kinds of things that it has done in invading Ukraine.” He also sought to stress before the American public during an interview that the US is not fighting a “proxy war”.

However, unnamed senior American officials in a bombshell New York Times report have said that intelligence sharing with the Ukrainians have helped take out some of the estimated 12 Russian generals that have died on the front lines since the Feb.24 invasion, an astonishingly high number given the rarity in any war of deaths from among highest officer ranks (and considering the war has been going for a little over two months at this point).Image via The Independent

The intelligence sharing, which was previously vaguely acknowledged as happening by President Biden, is part of a broadly expansive US role in the conflict with the way being paved by unprecedented in size military aid packages and weapons shipments.

According to the limited details of intelligence provided to the Ukrainians, The New York Times reports that “The United States has focused on providing the location and other details about the Russian military’s mobile headquarters, which relocate frequently.”  Additionally, “Ukrainian officials have combined that geographic information with their own intelligence — including intercepted communications that alert the Ukrainian military to the presence of senior Russian officers — to conduct artillery strikes and other attacks that have killed Russian officers.”

While US intelligence officials are seeking to deny that the purpose is an “intent to kill Russian generals” – as a National Security Council spokesperson told the Times as the story came out – the report implicitly acknowledges this marks a major escalation in terms of Washington’s role

The administration has sought to keep much of the battlefield intelligence secret, out of fear it will be seen as an escalation and provoke President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia into a wider war. American officials would not describe how they have acquired information on Russian troop headquarters, for fear of endangering their methods of collection. But throughout the war, the U.S. intelligence agencies have used a variety of sources, including classified and commercial satellites, to trace Russian troop movements.

This further involves tracking larger Russian troop and equipment movement which is seen as more perhaps ‘routine’ intelligence assistance utilizing satellites – such as occurred in the lead-up to the invasion as Russian forces mustered along the border and in Belarus. But now stepped up communications intercepts by US intel is clearly a big and expanding feature.

The following interesting, if not alarming for the prospect of direct near future Moscow-NATO escalation in the war, caveat is also introduced by the NY Times’ reporting:

Not all the strikes have been carried out with American intelligence. A strike over the weekend at a location in eastern Ukraine where Gen. Valery Gerasimov, Russia’s highest-ranking uniformed officer, had visited was not aided by American intelligence, according to multiple U.S. officials. The United States prohibits itself from providing intelligence about the most senior Russian leaders, officials said.

And it remains, “But American intelligence was critical in the deaths of other generals, officials acknowledged.”

In some cases it’s believed that Russian centralized military command structure and battlefield tactics leave top-ranking officers too exposed, and combined with “poor discipline” including in how communications are utilized, the presence of generals is easier to pinpoint when it occurs near the front lines for Ukraine’s military and its US backers.

Without doubt, the fresh NYT report will be read in Moscow and viewed as an outrageous acknowledged escalation by Washington. The Kremlin earlier warned it would hold external countries supplying arms and other forms of assistance “responsible” – and that “decision-making” centers including Kiev would come under increased attack. Meanwhile, cruise missile strikes even as far west as Lviv do appear to be expanding this week.

TURKEY

Inflation surges 70% due to higher energy prices and the weaker Lira

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Inflation Surges 70% In Turkey On Higher Energy Prices And Weakening Lira

THURSDAY, MAY 05, 2022 – 10:00 AM

Authored by Katabella Roberts via The Epoch Times,

Inflation in Turkey hit a 20-year-high in April as the country continued to battle rising rates, further exacerbated by the conflict in Ukraine and supply chain issues, according to data published by the Turkish Statistical Institute on May 5.

Consumer price inflation soared to 69.97 percent per year in April, and 7.25 percent monthly, driven by high global energy prices and the weakening lira.

A Reuters poll forecast annual consumer price inflation to be 68 percent and monthly at 6 percent.

The surge in consumer prices was driven by an annual 105.9 percent increase in transportation, and an 89.1 percent jump in food and non-alcoholic drinks prices, the data showed, while furnishings and household equipment jumped 77.64 percent.

Communication, clothing and footwear, education, and health saw the lowest increases, according to the data, although the increases were still felt in large cities such as Istanbul, where many are now turning to local discount markets to purchase cheaper garments.

Month-on-month, food and non-alcoholic drink prices rose the most at 13.38 percent as supermarkets are consistently being forced to change their prices on an almost weekly basis, while house prices rose 7.43 percent.

In recent months, properties in less affluent areas of Istanbul have increased substantially in price, and many, including the wider ex-pat community in the city, have instead resorted to renting out rooms in shared houses.

Apartments that were previously rented to tenants for around 4,000 Turkish lira ($270) this time last year are now upwards of 9,000 lira ($605), meaning that many of them remain empty despite increased demand.

Meanwhile, annual energy inflation climbed to 118.2 percent from 102.9 percent in March, Bloomberg reported.

Elsewhere on Thursday, official data showed that the domestic producer price index climbed 7.67 percent month-on-month in April for an annual rise of 121.82 percent.

Despite Turks feeling the pressure as the country reaches its highest level of inflation since early 2002, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling party have continued to put pressure on the central bank to cut interest rates several times and fired those who resisted, thus further weakening the lira.

Erdogan, a staunch opponent of high interest rates, has said inflation will fall under a new economic program, which prioritizes low interest rates to boost investment, production, exports, and employment, aimed at achieving a current account surplus.

However, opponents and economists argue that lowering interest rates will only lead to higher inflation, and given that Turkey’s economy is reliant on imported goods in multiple sectors like energy and raw materials, Erdogan’s policy has translated to further pressure on consumer prices, despite tax cuts on basic goods and government subsidies for things like electricity bills.

Central bank Gov. Sahap Kavcioglu last week said annual inflation will peak at around 70 percent by June before declining to near 43 percent by the end of the year and single digits by end of 2024.

Disinflation will begin in the next few months “thanks to a gradual decrease in supply-demand mismatches and disruptions in supply chains, in addition to the results of the steps taken for price stability,” Kavcioglu said.

The central bank governor also noted that inflation was being further exacerbated by the ongoing war in Ukraine, and tightened COVID-19 restrictions in China which have further impacted the supply chain, stating that inflation would decrease gradually with monetary policy and the restoration of “global peace.”

He also said that tourism is expected to increase in Turkey this year. Visitors from Russia and Ukraine are the most popular each year to NATO member Turkey, which shares a maritime border with Ukraine and Russia in the Black Sea.

Erdogan, who has opposed the multiple Western sanctions imposed on Moscow over the invasion, has called on both sides to come to an agreement regarding a ceasefire.

6// GLOBAL COVID ISSUES/VACCINE MANDATE/

CDC Tracked Millions Of Americans During Lockdowns To Monitor Movement, Compliance

THURSDAY, MAY 05, 2022 – 01:05 PM

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) spied on millions of Americans using cell phone location data in order to track movements and monitor whether people were complying with lockdown curfews during the pandemic.

According to CDC documents from 2021 obtained by Motherboard via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the program tracked patterns of people visiting K-12 schools – and in one case, monitored “the effectiveness of policy in the Navajo Nation.” The documents reveal that while the CDC used the pandemic to justify purchasing the data more quickly, it actually intended to use it for general agency purposes.

The documents reveal the expansive plan the CDC had last year to use location data from a highly controversial data broker. SafeGraph, the company the CDC paid $420,000 for access to one year of data to, includes Peter Thiel and the former head of Saudi intelligence among its investors. Google banned the company from the Play Store in June. -Motherboard

The data which was purchased comes from cell phones – meaning SafeGraph can track where a person lives, works, and where they’ve been, and then sell that data to various entities. The data which the CDC bought was aggregated – which is designed to follow broad trends in how people are moving around, however researchers have raised concerns over how location data can be deanonymized to track specific individuals.

According to the CDC documents, SafeGraph’s data “has been critical for ongoing response efforts, such as hourly monitoring of activity in curfew zones or detailed counts of visits to participating pharmacies for vaccine monitoring.”

“The CDC seems to have purposefully created an open-ended list of use cases, which included monitoring curfews, neighbor to neighbor visits, visits to churches, schools and pharmacies, and also a variety of analysis with this data specifically focused on ‘violence,'” said Zach Edwards, a cybersecurity researcher who closely follows the data marketplace.

As far as unmasking individuals, Edwards noted how SafeGraph’s data can be used to pinpoint certain people.

“In my opinion the SafeGraph data is way beyond any safe thresholds [around anonymity],” he said, pointing to one result in SafeGraph’s user interface that showed individual movements to a specific doctor’s office – indicating how finely tuned the ‘aggregated’ data actually is. If a bad actor wanted to unmask someone, they could theoretically do so using similar techniques.

The documents contain a long list of what the CDC describes as 21 different “potential CDC use cases for data.” They include:

  • Track patterns of those visiting K-12 schools by the school and compare to 2019; compare with epi metrics [Environmental Performance Index] if possible.” 
  • Examination of the correlation of mobility patterns data and rise in COVID-19 cases […] Movement restrictions (Border closures, inter-regional and nigh curfews) to show compliance.”
  • “Examination of the effectiveness of public policy on [the] Navajo Nation.” -Motherboard

Cell phone location data has been used throughout the pandemic for various purposes – including by media organizations reporting on how people were traveling once lockdowns began to lift.

That said, the CDC wanted the data for more than just tracking Covid-19 policy response. While the procurement documents say the data is for “an URGENT COVID-19 PR [procurement request],” one of the included use cases reads “Research points of interest for physical activity and chronic disease prevention such as visits to parks, gyms, or weight management businesses.”

Another section expands on non-Covid-19 related uses.

“CDC also plans to use mobility data and services acquired through this acquisition to support non-COVID-19 programmatic areas and public health priorities across the agency, including but not limited to travel to parks and greenspaces, physical activity and mode of travel, and population migration before, during, and after natural disasters,” it reads. “The mobility data obtained under this contract will be available for CDC agency-wide use and will support numerous CDC priorities.”

The data purchased by the CDC was SafeGraph’s “U.S. Core Place Data,” “Weekly Patterns Data,” and “Neighborhood Patterns Data,” the latter of which includes information such as ‘home dwelling time’ which is aggregated by state and census block, per Motherboard.

“SafeGraph offers visitor data at the Census Block Group level that allows for extremely accurate insights related to age, gender, race, citizenship status, income, and more,” reads a CDC document.

Read the rest of the report here.

GLOBAL ISSUES/INFLATION//SHIPPING

Stagflation coming!

(zerohedge)

World’s Largest Shipper Warns About Stagflation: “Don’t Think It’s Temporary”

WEDNESDAY, MAY 04, 2022 – 06:00 PM

The world’s largest ocean and inland freight transportation company warns about gathering storm clouds above the global economy as potential stagflation risks emerge and shuttering of China’s factories because of the COVID-19 outbreak even as it reported record profits for the first quarter. 

Maersk’s chief executive Søren Skou was quoted by Financial Times as saying the second quarter is expected to be in line with the first quarter, which allowed the shipper to record the highest profits in its 114-year history. 

However, Skou delivered this warning:

“We are assuming a slowdown in the second half, a normalization. The visibility is quite low. Mainly we see risks building up in the economy, in China with the Covid-19 policy, where they use these very hard lockdowns, some downgrades due to a very high oil price.”

Maersk transports about 17% of containerized volume worldwide and is seen as a global trade bellwether by some. Last week it downgraded its growth forecast this year. 

Skou said the second half could be filled with global turmoil. 

The world bank slashed its forecast for global economic expansion this year, blaming Russia’s invasion of Ukraine for their outlook shift. It cut its estimate for global growth in 2022 to 3.2% from a January prediction of 4.1% (which compares with a 5.7% expansion in 2021).

With global inflation continuing to soar and growth severely waning, it’s created stagflation anxiety:

We clearly see inflation, and I don’t think it’s temporary. 

“There are quite a number of factors that suggest we will see less growth in the second half and into next year,” Skou said, indicating a drop in Chinese export orders and slumping confidence and business confidence in the US and Europe. 

He also noted the ongoing debacle in China. He said Maersk recorded negative volumes due to Shanghai’s “mind-blowing” month and a half lockdown. 

Skou’s comments may only suggest the second half of the year could be filled with turmoil, which comes at the worst possible time as global central banks embark on an aggressive tightening spree. 

VACCINE IMPACT

Elon Musk: Champion of Free Speech or Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing?

May 4, 2022 4:11 pm

It’s quite clear that Musk is on board with the whole technocratic/transhumanist agenda, so why is he all of a sudden being cast as a champion of democracy and free speech? Simple. The globalists are playing “good cop, bad cop”. Klaus Schwab, Bill Gates, the Rockefellers, etc are the “bad guys” and Musk is the “good guy” who has come along to offer humanity a better way forward. There’s only one problem. Schwab’s vision for the future and Musk’s vision for the future are exactly the same. The paths to getting there may be different but the destination hasn’t changed. So why choose Musk to play the role of the “good cop”? First of all, he’s got the right personality, he’s eccentric and he’s already worshipped as a genius of our time. Secondly, he’s not associated with either the political right or left and thus he appeals equally to people on both ends of the spectrum. While it’s a good thing that banned accounts have returned to Twitter and that freedom of speech on the platform has (supposedly) been restored, it’s important to stay cautious before bowing down to Musk as some sort of saviour. In fact, I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t trust Elon Musk to tell me the time in a room full of clocks.

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Rabo: Sorry, Boy And Girl Geniuses, But How Does Inflation Go Down If Commodity Prices Keep Going Up

THURSDAY, MAY 05, 2022 – 10:40 AM

By Michael Every of Rabobank

Fed 50 vs. Fedoggy#4292

The Fed went 50bp. I will come back to this in a moment, but I need to set the scene properly.

Back in 2020, I was expounding that “-isms” were soon going to be back in vogue. Our conflating structural problems –caused by global neoliberalism– were going to see clashes over what our system should be, which would involve ideology, and understanding liberalism, capitalism, socialism, communism, and fascism. That was before common prosperity, and today we can add imperialism. Indeed, from “-isms” we have moved to a related clash of “-cies” – democracy vs. autocracy. Markets do not yet fully understand this implies not just war in Ukraine but economic war, from commodities to supply chains to technology to finance to FX.

Now to the Fed. As Philip Marey summarises here“As widely expected, the FOMC decided to raise the target range for the federal funds rate by 50bps. The Fed also decided to start balance sheet reduction. More interesting was the press conference, where Powell said that there is broad consensus in the Committee that 50bps are on the table in the next couple of meetings, but 75bps is not something the Committee is actively considering.”

The fact that the 75bp weapon last seen in 1994 is off the table was enough to smash the dollar (DXY down from 103.5 to 102.5), see stocks soar the most on a Fed day in decades (S&P +3.0%), and bond yields plunge, and the yield-curve steepen (US Treasuries -14bp in 2s and -4bp in 10s). In short, the Fed not being as hawkish as some had feared is being taken as super-dovish.

Sorry, boy and girl geniuses, but COMMODITIES WENT UP SHARPLY. Tell me how inflation goes down if commodity prices keep going up? And, in the clash between democracy and autocracy, Russia wants higher commodity prices and the US lower: do you think a dovish Fed is a good thing to be cheer-leading in a Balkanizing world economy that is about SUPPLY not DEMAND? You can celebrate your belief that the Fed is going to pumping assets again imminently just like you did in 2020-21 – right before inflation ripped markets to pieces.

Watch India threaten to curb wheat exports after a surprise RBI inter-meeting 40bp rate hike; see Brazil hike rates 100bp to 12.75%, as expected; and observe if China indeed launches another huge infrastructure push today.

Listen to Maersk say they see structural global stagflationAnd consider the impact if the EU pushes ahead with its proposed end-year Russian oil embargo (here is ours), which is likely to include banning EU vessels and insurance, and some commentators say uses language that could lead to secondary sanctions on *anyone* trading Russian oil. That, as OPEC underlines there is no spare capacity anywhere globally, and the US finally realises that there might not be an Iran deal after all due to Tehran (‘US says it is now preparing for a world both with and without an Iran nuclear deal’) with serious geopolitical implications; and as Hamas representatives go to Moscow just as Russia-Israel diplomatic relations tank over very undiplomatic Russian statements.

If stocks *and commodities* won’t go down, and autocracy won’t back down, then rates may keep going up and *stay* up. The Fed were not dovish – just not super-hawkish. Yes, they didn’t go 75bps because they know who will pay them $250,000 for an after-dinner speech when they retire. But if they had they might not now have to make as many 50bps hikes as they will be forced to both by markets and geopolitics. (As the US today launches its revised Indo-Pacific Strategy aimed at China.)

Don’t think that yesterday’s weak ADP employment data mean rate hikes will slow either. Philip adds that while overall employment growth dipped to 247K, it showed a sharp contrast between large and small firms: in large firms it was up to 321K, but at small firms it fell by 120K. Small firms seem to be losing the competition for workers against large firms, who have more pricing power, higher profits, and more scope for higher wages. So, we do have a wage-price spiral – at larger firms, and small businesses are going to be decimated in trying to compete.

Yes, yes, ‘Buy the rumor, sell the fact’. But The Street sees these facts and thinks it’s time for a huge ‘new normal’ market rally, and that democracy, meritocracy, and capitalism win: I am thinking kleptocracy, idiocracy, and aneurism. It ironically thinks of itself as an ‘apolitical’ technocracy and diverse meritocracy – yet it champions paying small money to people with big common-sense talent stacks, and big money to people with some of the lowest functional intelligence. Look at the reaction to the Fed: and look at how we got into this mess in the first place.

And if you want another example from an endless list, the Wall Street Journal just bewailed that: ‘The NFT Market is Collapsing’, as issuance is down 92% from its peak of last September, and many NFTs are now worth less than they were bought for. The truly classic quote was:

“An NFT of the first tweet from Twitter Inc. co-founder Jack Dorsey sold in March 2021 for $2.9m to Sina Estavi, the chief executive of Malaysia-based blockchain company Bridge Oracle. Earlier this year, Mr. Estavi put the NFT up for auction. He didn’t receive any bids above $14,000, which he didn’t accept. Mr. Estavi said failure of the auction wasn’t a sign that the market is deteriorating, but was just a normal fluctuation that could occur in any market. The NFT market is one that is still developing, he said, and it is impossible to predict how it will look in a few years. “I will never regret buying it because this NFT is my capital,” he said.

Another NFT buyer purchased a Snoop Dog curated NFT, titled “Doggy #4292,” in early April for about $32,000 worth of the cryptocurrency ether. The NFT, an image of a green-skinned astronaut standing on what looks like a Hollywood Walk of Fame star, is now up for auction, with an asking price of $25.5m. The highest current bid is for 0.0743 ether—about $210.”

Who on Wall Street peddling these things could possibly have known that a new asset class of ‘unique’ objects with an INFINITE cost-free flow of supply might not be the best foundation for one’s savings, or the global financial system? I am shocked –shocked!– that the “-ism” and “-cy” we were all looking for was not Doggy #4292! (Nor Fedoggy#4292.) Yet Fortune magazine is still running a counter-story saying, ‘‘Revolutionize Wall Street’—$85 Billion Giant Pushes Into NFTs As Price Of Ethereum, Bitcoin, BNB, XRP, Solana, Cardano, And Dogecoin Soar’ and asset-managers are going *deeper* into NFT-ville.

Oh, there is a revolution brewing alright. Just not the one they are thinking of.

Rising commodities and national security concerns forcing the Fed into new ideological thinking for one. The Fed entering into Joe Public’s ideological thinking for another.

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7. OIL ISSUES

Biden Begins Buying Back Oil To Refill Strategic Reserve… Will Send Gas Prices Back To Record Highs

THURSDAY, MAY 05, 2022 – 09:25 AM

Frankly, when this headline hit we just assumed it was a mistake… but it’s not.

Just 6 weeks after President Biden unveiled the greatest, most-massivest, democracy-saving plan to release millions of barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve into the market to bring down the price of gasoline at the pump for Americans… which was crushing his approval ratings as the average joe’s pocket book is eaten alive by Biden-flation…

CNN reports that the Biden administration plans to seek bids this fall to buy 60 million barrels of crude oil as the first step in a years-long process aimed at replenishing America’s shrinking emergency oil reserve, an Energy Department official said.

“As we are thoughtful and methodical in the decision to drawdown from our emergency reserve, we must be similarly strategic in replenishing the supply so that it stands ready to deliver on its mission to provide relief when needed most,” Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said in a statement.

Beyond trying to refill a vital rainy fund, the Biden administration hopes the buyback plan will encourage domestic oil production by guaranteeing a source of future demand.

This cunning plan to sell low and buy high has sent oil prices back above $110… and erased any short-term impact on oil prices from Biden’s plan…

And in the meantime, gas prices at the pump are now above where they were when Biden unveiled the cunning plan…

And given the moves in oil and wholesale gasoline, things will not be slowing down anytime soon…

So – the plan to sell oil to the market from the SPR was designed to lower oil prices (more supply) and thus lower gas prices… and now the plan to buy oil and refill the SPR is design to lower prices (because it may encourage domestic production)?

“Congress has been irresponsibly selling the SPR down,” said Bob McNally, who in the early 2000s oversaw the Energy Department’s efforts to replenish the SPR under former President George W. Bush, adding that “draining the reserve leaves the country and the world more vulnerable to geopolitical shocks.”

CNN adds that the buyback plan won’t impact congressionally mandated sales of oil from the SPR aimed at raising revenue to ease the federal deficit…

…but won’t buying the oil back worsen the deficit?

WTF is going on!!!

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You simply cannot make this up!!!!

8 EMERGING MARKET& AUSTRALIA ISSUES

Australia////  NEW ZEALAND/ SOUTH AFRICA/BRAZIL/ARGENTINA/INDIA

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Your early  currency/gold and silver pricing/Asian and European bourse movements/ and interest rate settings THURSDAY morning 7:30 AM

Euro/USA 1.0580 DOWN .0040 /EUROPE BOURSES //ALL GREEN 

USA/ YEN 129.78   UP 0.545 /NOW TARGETS INTEREST RATE AT .11% AS IT WILL BUY UNLIMITED BONDS TO GETS TO THAT LEVEL…

GBP/USA 1.2457 DOWN   0.01590

 Last night Shanghai COMPOSITE CLOSED UP 20.70 POINTS UP 0.58%

 Hang Sang CLOSED DOWN 76.12 OR 0.36%

AUSTRALIA CLOSED UP .98%    // EUROPEAN BOURSES ALL GREEN 

Trading from Europe and ASIA

I) EUROPEAN BOURSES ALL GREEN  

2/ CHINESE BOURSES / :Hang SANG CLOSED DOWN 76.12 OR 0.36%  

/SHANGHAI CLOSED UP 20.70 PTS UP 0.58% 

Australia BOURSE CLOSED UP 0.98 

(Nikkei (Japan) CLOSED 

INDIA’S SENSEX  IN THE GREEN

Gold very early morning trading: 1897.65

silver:$22.96

USA dollar index early THURSDAY morning: 103.16  UP 57  CENT(S) from WEDNESDAY’s close.

THIS ENDS THURSDAY MORNING NUMBERS

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And now your closing THURSDAY NUMBERS 1: 00 PM

Portuguese 10 year bond yield: 2.18%  UP 7  in basis point(s) yield

JAPANESE BOND YIELD: +0.224%   AND 0   BASIS POINTS /JAPAN losing control of its yield curve/

SPANISH 10 YR BOND YIELD: 2.14%// UP 7   in basis points yield 

ITALIAN 10 YR BOND YIELD 3.03  UP 5   points in basis points yield ./

GERMAN 10 YR BOND YIELD: RISES TO +1.041% IN BASIS POINTS ON THE DAY//

THE IMPORTANT SPREAD BETWEEN ITALIAN 10 YR BOND AND GERMAN 10 YEAR BOND IS 2.00% AND NOW ABOVE   THE 3.00% LEVEL WHICH WILL IMPLODE THE ENTIRE ITALIAN BANKING SYSTEM. AT 4% SPREAD THERE WILL BE A HUGE BANK RUN…

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IMPORTANT CURRENCY CLOSES FOR THURSDAY  

Closing currency crosses for Thursday /USA DOLLAR INDEX/USA 10 YR BOND YIELD/1:00 PM

Euro/USA 1.0510  DOWN 01070    or 107 basis points

USA/Japan: 130.31 UP 107 OR YEN DOWN 107  basis points/

Great Britain/USA 1.2352 DOWN .2389  BASIS POINTS

Canadian dollar DOWN 0.0078 OR 78 BASIS pts DOWN to 1.2817

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The USA/Yuan,  CNY: closed    ON SHORE  (CLOSED ..DOWN 6.6557  

THE USA/YUAN OFFSHORE:    (YUAN CLOSED (DOWN)..6.9205

TURKISH LIRA:  14.87  EXTREMELY DANGEROUS LEVEL/DEATH WISH/HYPERINFLATION TO BEGIN.

the 10 yr Japanese bond yield  at +0.224

Your closing 10 yr US bond yield UP 18  IN basis points from TUESDAY at  3.09% //trading well ABOVE the resistance level of 2.27-2.32%) very problematic

 USA 30 yr bond yield: 3.190  UP 18 in basis points 

Your closing USA dollar index, 103.71 UP 1.12   CENT(S) ON THE DAY/1.00 PM/

Your closing bourses for Europe and the Dow along with the USA dollar index closing and interest rates THURSDAY: 12:00 PM

London: CLOSED UP 9.82 PTS OR .13%

German Dax :  CLOSED DOWN 68.30  POINTS OR 0.49%

Paris CAC CLOSED DOWN  27.28 PTS OR 0.43% 

Spain IBEX CLOSED  DOWN 65.80 PTS OR 0.77%

Italian MIB: CLOSED DOWN 142/35 PTS OR 0.60%

WTI Oil price 108.35   12: EST

Brent Oil:  111.08  12:00 EST

USA /RUSSIAN ///   RUBLE RISES TO:  67.00   UP 70/100       RUBLES/DOLLAR

GERMAN 10 YR BOND YIELD; +1.041

CLOSING NUMBERS: 4 PM

Euro vs USA: 1.0533 DOWN  .0087   OR DOWN 87 BASIS POINTS

British Pound: 1.2399 DOWN  .0259or  259 basis pts

USA dollar vs Japanese Yen: 130.066 UP .827//YEN DOWN 83 BASIS PTS

USA dollar vs Canadian dollar: 1.2849 UP .01116 (CDN dollar DOWN 112 basis pts)

West Texas intermediate oil: 108.39

Brent OIL:  110.95

USA 10 yr bond yield: 3.094 UP 18 points

USA 30 yr bond yield: 3.194  UP 19  pts

USA DOLLAR VS TURKISH LIRA: 14.87

USA DOLLAR VS RUSSIA///USA/ ROUBLE:  67.00 UP  .7 ROUBLES (ROUBLE DOWN .7 ROUBLES/USA

DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE: DOWN 1061,38 PTS OR 3.12%

NASDAQ 100 DOWN 685.16 PTS OR 5.06%

VOLATILITY INDEX: 33.65 UP 7.63 PTS (30.02%)

GLD: 175.13 DOWN 0.67 PTS OR 0.38%

SLV/ 20.78 DOWN .50 PTS OR 2.35%

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USA trading day in Graph Form

Sinko De Mayo: Post-Powell Panic-Bid Hangover Prompts Panoramic Pukefest

THURSDAY, MAY 05, 2022 – 04:00 PM

Tl;dr: The bond market just told Powell (and the stock market), “you’re wrong!”

Remember yesterday was the best performance for a Fed rate-hike day since 1978!

And today, the Nasdaq 100 Index fell 6% at its lows, the most since March 2020…

…fully reversing yesterday’s post-FOMC gains.

Notably this 2% or so drop in the S&P 500 in the two days of a Fed hike and the next is on par with the drop that happened in Dec 2018 and prompted Powell to reverse his hawkish stance.

We note that the S&P stopped at 4099.25 – which is max negative gamma – just one giant ping-pong game.

Within a week we’ve now seen two of the biggest 24-hour turn-arounds for the index since 1985.

In the past week we have had:

  • Friday: biggest drop since June 2020
  • Wednesday: biggest surge since May 2020
  • Thursday: biggest drop since June 2020

As yesterday’s massive short-squeeze is unwound instantly Today was the biggest drop in ‘most-shorted’ stocks since Feb 2021’s peak after the record meltup…

Source: Bloomberg

As Jason Goepfert notes, there have been 2 days in the past 25 years when S&P 500 futures were down 3% and 10-year Treasury futures down 1%:

  • October 9, 2008
  • March 18, 2020

Someone is blowing up, and this is forced liquidation.

Source: Bloomberg

Paging…

It seems the market is ‘stuffed’ full of The Fed’s bullshit…

Energy is holding gains while tech and discretionary has been hammered over the past two days…

FANG stocks puked hardest…

Source: Bloomberg

VIX exploded back above 32 today…

Treasuries were clubbed like a baby seal today with the long-end underperforming (30Y +13bps, 2Y +6bps), massively unwinding yesterday’s moves…

Source: Bloomberg

The entire curve from 4Y out is above 3% (and 1Y fwd, the entire curve is inverted)…

Source: Bloomberg

Like everything else, the dollar round-tripped from yesterday’s losses…

Source: Bloomberg

Bitcoin was a bloodbath, smashed back below $36k for the first time since Feb 22…

Source: Bloomberg

Gold topped $1900 overnight but as the selling pressure escalated during the day, gold plunged back below, erasing all post-Fed gains…

Oil ended higher on the day after the Biden SPR news…

The Biden admin decided it was time to start refilling the SPR that they planned to empty to bring down oil (and thus gasoline) prices… Sadly for them, pump prices are now back above their cunning SPR plan levels…

…and are due to make new highs very soon…

Source: Bloomberg

Who will Biden blame this time?

Finally, what happens next?

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Nothing would surprise us less!

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I) /MORNING TRADING/POWELL// AFTER YESTERDAY’S RATE HIKE

“It’s A Bloodbath” – Markets Everywhere Reverse All FOMC Moves

THURSDAY, MAY 05, 2022 – 12:00 PM

Update (1200ET): Things are escalating across every asset class: Nasdaq is down 5%…

VIX massively reversed – now back above 32…

Bitcoin is down 7%, 30Y yields are up 16bps, the dollar is exploding higher, ‘Most Shorted” stocks are collapsing, and gold is tanking…

*  *  *

After yesterday’s biggest gain on a Fed rate-hike day since 1978…

It appears short-squeeze ammo and gamma has run out as Nasdaq pukes back all of its gains…

This should not be a surprise since the last time the market ripped like yesterday on a hike day, the S&P made new lows within a week…

The dollar has erased all its losses…

And bond yields are soaring…

We’re gonna need another dovish Fed speaker!!

II)USA data

US Productivity Just Crashed By The Most Since 1947 As Labor Costs Explode

THURSDAY, MAY 05, 2022 – 08:37 AM

Hot on the heels of last week’s ‘Employment Cost Index’ which Fed Chair Powell commented on (as worrisome), US Unit Labor Costs surged 11.6% in Q1…

Source: Bloomberg

And on the flip-side of that surge in ‘labor costs’, US Productivity crashed 7.5% in Q1 – that is the biggest drop since 1947

Source: Bloomberg

As Bloomberg notes, while hourly compensation adjusted for productivity has grown in the past year, the first-quarter surge likely overstates the degree of wage pressures in the job market. The U.S. economy contracted last quarter for the first time since 2020, largely due to a wider trade deficit as companies imported more goods and services to support robust consumer demand. That slowdown drove down the government’s measure of productivity growth.

And while some might proclaim the surge in labor costs as a win for the average joe, we note that BLS reports that ‘Real’ compensation tumbled 5.5% in Q1.

Probably a good time to embark on 10 more rate-hikes this year.

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Labor Market Starts To Crack: Jobless Claims Rise To 3 Month High

THURSDAY, MAY 05, 2022 – 09:00 AM

One week after we learned that in Q1, US GDP had “shockingly” contracted, just one pillar was left holding up the “strong” US economy, the same economy that the Fed’s record tightening cycle is hoping to push into recession: the labor market. However, that too has now turned, and after a big ADP private payrolls miss, after the ISM manufacturing employment index printed just shy of contraction where the ISM Services employment index already is, and after the first positive print in the Challenger job cuts index since Jan 2021…

… it now appears that the labor market has also officially peaked, because moments ago the BLS reported that in the week ending April 30, initial claims jumped 200,000, an increase of 19,000 from the previous week’s revised level, 20K more than the 180K consensus forecast, and the highest print since February 11, a troubling confirmation that the best days for the US jobs market are now behind us.

Indeed, looking at the “hard” labor market data shows that it has just dropped to the worst level since November 2021.

The breakdown by state did not show any notable outliers with the exception of New York State which saw the biggest increase in claims by a large factor.

That said, even though the labor market has peaked, there is clearly still a ways to go before the US jobs market is in freefall, although now that weakness is starting to set in, keep a very close eye on tomorrow’s April payrolls and especially the hourly earnings print – any big disappointment there, and the Fed’s tightening campaign will prove much shorter than virtually anyone expects, and if anything, will segue right into easing and QE some time in late 2022 – around the time the next recession hits.

IIB) USA COVID/VACCINE MANDATES

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iiia) USA inflation//SHIPPING commentaries//LOG JAMS//

IIIB) USA ECONOMIC STORIES

34% Of Retailers Couldn’t Make Rent In April, New Survey Shows

THURSDAY, MAY 05, 2022 – 03:30 PM

Despite the fact that consumer spending is expected to rise this year, retailers are having a hell of a time trying to pay the cost of their rising rents. 

In fact, according to a new report by Bisnow, 34% of small retail businesses were unable to make their rent in April. This number was up 6% from February, the report says, citing survey data from Alignable.

Among reasons for not being able to meet their financial obligations, retailers noted inflation, gas prices, supply chain issues, labor shortages and reduced revenues.

National Retail Federation Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz has argued that inflation is going to subside and that retailers may not have to worry about shoppers pulling back. His organization predicts “retail sales for 2022 will rise between 6% and 8% to between $4.86T and $4.95T”.

We’ll take the ‘under’ on that number. 

Kleinhenz continued, stating that “underlying strength and momentum from both the consumer and business sectors are likely to offset a modest slowdown and should leave the economy bustling forward this year.”

Meanwhile, Bisnow writes that the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ Personal Consumption Expenditures Index, a widely tracked measure of consumer inflation, hit 6.6% in March.

“How much and how fast the Fed raises rates will, of course, depend on how the economy performs in the months ahead. While policymakers would like to raise interest rates gradually, more aggressive action may be needed and appears to be the direction that will be taken,” Kleinhenz concluded. 

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iv)swamp stories

The King Report (including swamp stories)

The King Report May 5 2022 Issue 6753Independent View of the News
The ADP Employment Change for April is 247k; 383k was consensus.  March is 479k, 455k prior.  This is the weakest ADP job growth since April 2020, which was the ADP Employment Change nadir.
 
USMs traded sharply lower during Asian trading.  A rally developed after China closed; it produced a 27/32 gain by 6:36 ET.  USMs then traded sideways until they commenced a tumbled when the US cash bond market opened at 8 ET.  By 9:41 ET, USMs had tumbled 1 5/32 from the high.  The US 10-year note yield hit 3.001%.  The 2-year registered 2.83%.
 
WTI Oil was +4.2% and gasoline was +3.7% near the NYSE open because European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced plans for a phased ban on all Russian oil by the end of 2022 as part of a package of sanctions on Russia.
 
Ursula von der Leyen @vonderleyen: Today we are presenting the sixth package of sanctions. First, we are listing high-ranking military officers and other individuals who committed war crimes in Bucha…
    Second, we de-swift Sberbank – by far Russia’s largest bank – and two other major banks.
    Third, we are banning three big Russian state-owned broadcasters from our airwaves, that amplify Putin´s lies and propaganda aggressively.
    Finally, we now propose a ban on Russian oil… We will make sure that we phase out Russian oil in an orderly fashion. To maximise pressure on Russia, while minimizing the impact on our economies
The Fed, as expected, hiked rates 50bps, ESMs jumped to 4207.75.  The Fed said it would reduce its balance sheet by $47.5B per month starting on June 1 and progress to $95B/month over three months.  The Fed also asserted that ongoing rate hikes will be appropriate.
https://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/pressreleases/monetary20220504a.htm
 
ESMs quickly sank to 4182.75, a 25-handle tumble in ONE minute.  ESMs quickly reversed and jumped 22 handles in 3 minutes.  Then BAM!  ESMs tumbled 34 handles in 2 minutes.  Someone quickly forced ESMs 17 handles higher.   ESMs and stocks then retreated moderately. 
 
After going inert for 5 minutes, ESMs broke down to a post-FOMC release low of 4163.25, -44.50 from the post-FOMC Communique release high.  But someone decided to force ESMs 37 handles higher for Powell’s 14:30 ET press conference.  Obviously, this is not the action of a healthy ‘capital market’!
 
Powell said he wanted to speak to the American people before he began his shtick.  G. William (Miller) Powell said, ‘Inflation is much too high; we are moving expeditiously to lower it. It is essential that we bring inflation down. The labor market is much too tight, and inflation is much too high.’
 
ESMs sank 43 handles on Powell’s above remarks. 
 
Powell Prepared Remarks Highlights
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is causing hardships and will restring economic activity abroad.
The Russia-Ukraine war will constrain the global supply chain
Additional 50bp rate hikes are on the table for the ‘next couple’ of FOMC Meetings
 
Minutes after Powell began his official press conference, someone juiced ESMs 32 handles in 1 minute!
 
CNBC’s Steve Liesman asked Powell if the Fed would hike rates more than 50bps if needed.  G. William Powell said 75bps rate hikes are not being considered.  Boom!  Everything exploded to the upside!
 
ESMs exploded to a session high of 4248.75.  WTI Oil (+6%), gasoline (+4.8%), precious metals, and copper (+2) soared on G. William Powell’s lack of inflation fighting fortitude; the dollar plunged.  
 
ESMs exploded 102 handles higher within 22 minutes.  The final hour of NYSE trading still loomed.  When the final hour arrived, G. William Powell was still answering questions.  ESMs peaked at 4303.00, +160.25 from the session low!  Powell’s Q & A ended at 14:18 ET.
 
Was the fervid ESM buying this week predicated on inside info about Powell’s 75bp rate hike rebuke?
 
WSJ Fed watcher @NickTimiraos: The main takeaways from Powell’s FOMC press conference:
—50 is the new 25
—75 basis point rate increases aren’t under consideration given today’s economic outlook
—The decision to take policy to restrictive levels isn’t “in front of us today” but is “certainly possible”
 
The salient point from Fed Day: The market knew the Fed was historically behind the inflation curve; now it is certain that Powell is too cowardly to move aggressively against inflation.
 
@RNCResearch: Biden climate advisor Gina McCarthy: “We’re actually going to do 100 rules this year alone on appliances.” The airlines are “gonna be out of here” if they don’t follow Biden’s Green New Deal-style rules.    https://twitter.com/RNCResearch/status/1521914723230490626
The Fed: G. William Miller was chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from March 8, 1978, to August 6, 1979. Before joining the Board of Governors, he was a Class B director at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston… (Miller created the greatest US inflation since the Civil War.)
   As chairman at the Board of Governors, Miller became known for his expansionary monetary policies. Unlike some of his predecessors, Miller was less focused on combating inflation, but rather was intent on promoting economic growth even if it resulted in inflation. Miller argued that the Federal Reserve should take measures to encourage investment instead of fight rising prices. He believed that inflation was caused by many factors beyond the Board’s control… https://www.federalreservehistory.org/people/g-william-miller
 
Ed Yardeni: Arthur Burns and G. William Miller: The Hapless Inflators
https://www.yardeni.com/pub/excerptinflators.pdf
 
George Soros, Clinton and Obama staffers and European governments are behind anti-Musk campaign to force big corporations to boycott Twitter – after Elon demanded to know ‘who funds these organizations?’    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10780583/George-Soros-Clinton-Obama-staffers-European-governments-anti-Musk-campaign.html
 
@DeAngelisCorey: (Teachers’ Union chief) Randi Weingarten: “Our kids are in crisis. And we had a mental health crisis before COVID .. but for two years of disruption, two years of looking at the screens, two years of not having a normal kind of routine and rhythm, recovery is really tough.”
https://twitter.com/DeAngelisCorey/status/1521853025119309827
 
@jwilcox79: As the nation’s top teachers union official, Randi Weingarten wants to ignore that policies she and others advocated for (until very recently!) caused that disruption, and that they insisted it wouldn’t matter because kids are “resilient”.   People wonder why parents are pissed?
 
Teachers Union Considers Strikes Over School Reopenings    July 28, 2020
https://www.usnews.com/news/education-news/articles/2020-07-28/teachers-union-considers-strikes-over-school-reopenings
 
Stocks Soar to Best Fed-Hike-Day Performance In 44 Years (’78, G. William Miller was Fed CEO)
https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/stocks-bonds-gold-crypto-rip-after-powell-takes-75bps-hike-table
 
Today – G William Powell has unleased another speculative wave of buying and panic short covering in risk assets.  Ironically, this could foment more inflation in coming months.  Oil and gasoline inflation might surge on buying for the drive season that begins in four weeks.
 
Frankly, we are stunned that G. William Powell would nix rate hikes that exceed Street expectations with inflation at 42-year highs and the energy product decline on Biden’s SPR release already rescinded.  The front-month (June) gasoline future closed at an all-time high.  The Big Guy’s SPR gambit has failed, and he is running out of oil to deplete from the US SPR.
 
Gasoline prices correlate tighter than stocks with presidential approval ratings.
 
Given the new market reality that the Powell Fed is too cowardly to move effectively against inflation, there is no telling how far risk assets can rally.  Risk bulls are reinvigorated, and we doubt that significant shorts in risk assets have been covered down to sleeping levels.  Some type of retrenchment is probable at some point today.  But no one knows when, or the magnitude of the decline.
 
ESMs are -2.75 and USMs are -6/32 at 21:35 ET.
 
Expected economic data: Q1 Nonfarm Productivity -5.3%, Unit Labor Costs +10.0%; Initial Jobless Claims 180k, Continuing Claims 1.4m
 
S&P 500 Index 50-day MA: 4375; 100-day MA: 4478; 150-day MA: 4507; 200-day MA: 4491
DJIA 50-day MA: 34,062; 100-day MA: 34,771; 150-day MA: 34,957; 200-day MA: 34,967
 
S&P 500 Index – Trender trading model and MACD for key time frames
MonthlyTrender and MACD are negative – a close above 5125.85 triggers a buy signal
HourlyTrender and MACD are negative – a close above 4547.45 triggers a buy signal
Daily: Trender and MACD are negative – a close above 4529.25 triggers a buy signal
Hourly: Trender and MACD are positive – a close below 4136.66 triggers a sell signal
 
In a stunning bipartisan rebuke to Team Obama-Biden, the Senate (62-33) voted against delisting the Iranian National Guard Corp as a terrorist organization in any Iran nuclear deal.  Oil rallied on the news.
 
John Durham scores two major court wins ahead of Clinton lawyer’s trial
Trial judge compels Fusion GPS witness to testify, agrees to review memos Michael Sussmann’s defense lawyers claim are covered by attorney-client privilege.
https://justthenews.com/accountability/russia-and-ukraine-scandals/john-durham-scores-two-major-court-wins-ahead-clinton
 
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Wednesday insisted he was unaware that the person his department tapped to head up its Orwellian “Disinformation Governance Board” once called Hunter Biden’s laptop Russian disinformation…
https://nypost.com/2022/05/04/mayorkas-says-he-didnt-know-jankowicz-called-hunter-biden-laptop-disinformation/
 
@greg_price11: Joe Biden says that overturning Roe v. Wade could lead to LGBT children not being allowed in school classrooms: “This MAGA crowd is the most extreme political organization that’s existed in American history.” (Attn: Ministry of Truth, the Great Uniter is spewing ‘disinformation’.)
https://twitter.com/greg_price11/status/1521872089153736704
 
GOP Sen. @HawleyMO: Joe Biden claims to believe in democracy but he doesn’t trust the people. Overturning Roe is about putting democracy back in the driver’s seat. The people should be in charge, not nine lawyers wearing robes.  (In 1982 The Big Guy voted for states to legislate abortion.)
 
@jacobkschneider: This will be Jill Biden’s 23rd interview as First Lady — the same number of interviews Joe Biden has done as president.
 
@ArthurSchwartz: Ashley Biden’s diary was handed to Project Veritas. They turned it over to law enforcement and FBI raided their journalists’ homes & offices and spied on them.  Politico was handed a draft Supreme Court decision. They published it. I’m waiting.
 
Capitol Police incompetence: Officer suspended over accidental gun discharge
No one was injured when the officer’s service weapon went off
https://justthenews.com/government/congress/capitol-police-incompetence-officer-suspended-over-accidental-gun-discharge

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Let us close today with this offering courtesy of Greg Hunter 

See you on MONDAY 

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